Ypsilanti Township woman guilty of tying her dog's mouth shut, starving it

Crystal Smith found guilty of animal cruelty, Alaskan Husky now looking for home

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Now healthy and healed, a once abused Husky is up for adoption at the Humane Society of Huron Valley after his owner was found guilty of animal cruelty.

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Tuesday a Ypsilanti Township woman was found guilty of animal cruelty after tying her dog's mouth shut. The emaciated Alaskan Husky was also found with burns on his body when brought into the Humane Society of Huron Valley for care.

Owner Crystal Smith admitted in court to tying the dog's mouth shut with twine, making it unable to eat. She also admitted that injuries on the dog were from burns, but told the court they "just showed up one day".

"This was a really clear case of animal cruelty and we are grateful to the prosecutor and judge for seeing the gravity of this dog's suffering. Animal cruelty is a serious crime and we want to make sure people who intentionally hurt animals pay for their crimes," said HSHV Director of Animal Cruelty, Matt Schaecher.

Hungry and thin, caregivers say the dog gained eight pounds in just eight days. He also received extensive medical treatment for his injuries and other health problems related to neglect. 

"Our Animal Cruelty Department does critical work in this community, paid for by generous donors who want to see the most vulnerable among us protected. Our staff and volunteers have done a fantastic job of protecting him, healing him and keeping him comfortable during a very long stay. This is a great dog and his suffering is through no fault of his own. He deserves a chance at a happy life," said HSHV CEO, Tanya Hilgendorf. 

The dog was cared for at the HSHV for 216 days during the lengthy court proceedings against Smith. Now healthy and healed, the dog is up for adoption and looking for a family that will give him extra love and the care he deserves.    

Smith will be sentenced on May 2. For information on adopting the Husky go to HSHV.org or call (734) 661-3511.

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