Meatball the dog gets temporary new home while animal abuse case continues

By Shawn Ley - Reporter

EASTPOINTE, Mich. - A dog that captured the hearts of thousands around the metro area was released from protective custody Wednesday and moved to a licensed shelter.

Meatball the dog is getting a taste of freedom after nearly four months in a cage treated as evidence.

In February, Time England, an Eastpointe resident, saw his neighbor repeatedly bash the head of a 3-year-old bullmastiff against the home’s brick. England captured the abuse with his phone and Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue posted the video online sparking outrage in the community.

Eastpointe Police seized the dog. The owner, John Sporer was charged with felony torture of an animal.

The case has seen delay after delay, and all along Meatball has been evidence in the animal cruelty case and Eastpointe police have had him in protective custody.

“He’s been held like a piece of furniture in a cage in a vet’s office for four months while the man who did this to him has been out on bond and the dog was in jail,” Karen Cameron of Bed & Biscuit Pet Lodging said.

Meatball’s supporters flooded Easpointe police with calls insisting there had to be a better way to treat the gentle giant on Tuesday.

The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office moved Meatball to Bed & Biscuit Pet Lodging, a licensed shelter.

“There’s a lot of people who hate animal abuse, they’re big supporters of Meatball and they want to see him safe, even while the hearing is pending,” Terry Sumpter of Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue said.

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