Jack Russell terrier found dead in Flint after witness records alleged abuse

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FLINT (WJRT) (3/12/2019) - Police found a Jack Russell terrier dead outside a Flint residence after a witness video recorded a person allegedly slamming it into the side of the house repeatedly.

Two people people were arrested in connection with the investigation -- one after a short police chase -- and both are facing several criminal charges, according to Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell.

Shantae Jones, 41, and Sierra Wright, 31, both are charged with torturing and killing an animal and burying an animal.

The witness called police after seeing one of the suspects grab the terrier by its tail and swing it violently into the house. Alleged video of the attack shows the dog screaming out in pain.

The second suspect in the residence also allegedly had abused the dog.

Sheriff deputies arrested one person and found the terrier dead in a vacant lot adjacent to the house, Pickell said. He believes the dead dog was the same dog being abused in the video.

A short vehicle chase started when sheriff deputies found the second suspect. That suspect fled at a high rate of speed before police caught up and arrested them.

Investigators found two more dogs alive in the suspects' residence. Pickell said both were taken to the Genesee County Humane Society, where they received medical treatment and will be adopted to a new home soon.

"The citizen who came forward saved the lives of these dogs," Pickell said. "These are the types of people who should be commended and their actions emulated."

He called on residents to report any suspicious behavior to police, hopefully to prevent another similar case from happening again.

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