Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ingham County prosecutors file charges in pit bull abuse, death cases

By Kevin Grasha, Lansing State Journal

Prosecutors have filed charges in two recent cases involving cruelty toward dogs.
Authorities are looking for one suspect, Kitayi Hiram Burks, 27, of Lansing, in connection with a pit bull found dead Jan. 21 in a Lansing park.
Burks faces an animal killing/torture charge, a four-year felony, but is also wanted on other felony charges in unrelated cases.
A second man, Ray Emmanuel Potter, 24, of Dimondale, faces a misdemeanor animal abandonment charge in connection with a pit bull found frozen and bound with electrical tape Jan. 19 in a wooded lot in Lansing. Potter has been arraigned.
Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III said today the cases are not believed to be connected.
Check for updates.

Update April 29, 2011 - The following article is by Lindsay VanHulle, Lansing State Journal:

Lansing man charged in connection with dog found dead, frozen in park

A Lansing man has been arraigned on charges he left his pit bull to die in a city park, Ingham County prosecutors said today.
Kitayi Hiram Burks, 27, is charged with animal killing and torture and third-degree home invasion, both felonies. He also faces misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and abandonment and driving with a suspended license.
Burks' dog was discovered Jan. 21 frozen and dead in a carrier at Lansing's Ingham Park.
Burks on May 9 will be in 54A District Court for a pre-examination conference on the animal and home invasion charges, prosecutors said. A preliminary hearing is set for May 13.
The driving charge will be handled in 55th District Court, with a pretrial hearing set for May 16.

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