Ottawa County deputies were dispatched to the Smith family’s home on Friday after a report of an injured dog, according to adeputy’s report.
Smith told deputies his 18-month-old walker coonhound sustained injuries after fighting with one of the family’s five dogs.
He told deputies he did not injure the dog. A passing neighbor, however, saw deputies at the home and said, “Why don’t you show him the other dog that is in the house,” the report said.
The neighbor’s comment sparked an outburst from a woman who lives at the home, who told the man to get off her yard, the report said. The deputy then asked about the family’s other dogs, in addition to the four he showed to authorities. Smith entered the home to retrieve a 4-month-old lab-St. Bernard mix, the report said.
The puppy cried continually as Smith held it in the air and the deputy examined it. The animal had an apparent leg injury, and the woman told deputies she did not have enough money to get it fixed, the report said.
The deputy then spoke to a neighbor, who said he did not see anything that day, but he did see Smith frequently abusing the dogs, according to the report.
The man said Smith recently picked up the older dog by its neck and threw it on the ground.
Note: This story has been corrected to show the woman at the residence is not Smith's mother and it was the older dog, not the puppy, who the neighbor said was abused.