A Detroit man has been arrested and charged after he claimed he stole his ex-girlfriend’s dog and sent her videos of him abusing the animal.
Julius Holley, 55, was charged with second-degree home invasion, first-degree killing/torturing of animals, theft in a building and stalking.
He allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home and stole her Yorkshire terrier mix and several items. Holley then sent her videos of him beating and torturing the dog.
The dog was later left in a bucket next to a house and taken away by Michigan Humane to ensure its safety.
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“Michigan Humane is proud to work with the Michigan Department of the Attorney General to provide not only cruelty investigations but also a safe haven for animals in times of crisis,” said Matt Pepper, Michigan Humane’s president and CEO, in a statement. “I am pleased to say that following medical attention from our team, the dog involved in this case is doing very well and has returned home.”
Holley was wanted by authorities following the alleged animal abuse. The police located him in Ohio. He was then extradited back to Michigan.
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Under Michigan law, anyone who tortures or kills a pet with the intent to cause emotional distress, distress, or control over a person is guilty of a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
“Those who attempt to evade prosecution will be found and held accountable,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement. “I want to thank Michigan Humane for the programming and support they provide to victims of domestic violence who might otherwise be reluctant to leave a dangerous situation if it means leaving their pets behind.”
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Holley received $200,000 in cash bail. Holley was also charged with an outstanding 2019 warrant and received a $50,000 cash/security guarantee for the case.
He is due to be heard on Monday.