A 24-year-old man accused of leaving a dog bludgeoned and hog-tied in a wooded area early this year pleaded no contest Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge.
Ray Emmanuel Potter of Dimondale pleaded no contest in 54A District Court to abandoning/cruelty to an animal, officials said. He faces up to 93 days in jail. A sentence hearing is set for Jan. 9, 2012.
The dog, a pit bull, was found in January of this year by a man walking his dog. The female pit bull’s four legs had been bound together with heavy-duty electrical tape. The dog’s muzzle also was taped shut. The dog also had severe head injuries — the result of blunt-force beatings, officials said.
The dog, known as Tatiana, has recovered from its physical injuries, officials said.
The sad truth about stories like this is the possible punishment that the accuser faces. 93 days in jail? For assault and attempted murder of a living being. What if this was a human child? I hope one day the punishment for animal abuse will be the same as human abuse.