How could anyone do such a thing? That's the general reaction to the animal abuse case we've been reporting on out of Wayne County.
Wayne County authorities charged 28 year-old Lawton McKenzie of Fremont with three counts of animal cruelty.
The charges come after Wayne County Animal Control officers say they found dismembered animals and what appeared to be a decapitated puppy's head in a zip-lock bag, a decapitated dog with its front paws cut off and a goat's head on a grill. Authorities also removed 26 living animals from the home.
Authorities on the scene say what they saw was revolting...something they will never forget. We can attest to that. Some of the video was so disturbing that we couldn't show it.
While many people say they're shocked, horrified and disturbed by what McKenzie is accused of, others are wondering what happens next. Some wonder if lawmen caught an individual capable of committing even more serious crimes in the years ahead.
To be clear...McKenzie is innocent until proven guilty. But many wonder if he is found guilty, what kind of justice would be carried out? Would he face just probation, jail time, fines?
If this case is ultimately proven to be as lawmen say it is... what is the correct punishment within our legal system to see that it doesn't happen again and to ensure justice is served?
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