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    Posted April 5, 2013 by
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

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    Sterling Heights Judge Sends Strong Message in Animal Cruelty Case


    (Ann Arbor, Michigan) – A woman was sentenced this morning in Sterling Heights District Court to two years probation, 50 hours community service, and counseling for two counts of animal cruelty. The Honorable Michael S. Maceroni also ordered Lisa Marie Precourt to pay full restitution of $5,018 and $500 in fines. Precourt cannot own any animals until further order and will be subject to random inspections at her expense to enforce the conditions of her probation. If she is found to be in violation of her probation, she will be ordered to spend 180 days in jail.


    “We are very satisfied with the outcome,” said Bill Bellottie of Detroit Bully Corps, the canine rescue group that rescued the dogs last November. “The judge went way beyond the probation department’s recommendation and we are thankful he sent a strong message that animal cruelty will not be tolerated.”


    Missi Bellottie of DBC added, “We are disappointed she was not ordered do community service with Detroit Bully Corps, but we are happy the judge took this case very seriously. Angel and Shiner’s voices have been heard.”


    Precourt was 18 at the time she owned two American Pit Bull Terriers, now named Angel and Shiner, that were found to be severely emaciated at the time she surrendered them to DBC. Sadly, Angel succumbed to complications from a perforated esophagus caused by starvation. Shiner is now thriving after being nursed back to health by DBC and the staff at Emergency Veterinarian Hospital in Ann Arbor.


    Now that the legal proceedings are over, it is unknown at this time if Shiner will be put up for adoption or will remain with DBC. Updates on Shiner and other abused or neglected dogs recently rescued by DBC can be found on their Facebook page, “Angel & Shiner’s Journey”. The foundation of DBC’s mission is education and they started this page to help bring awareness to animal cruelty and neglect. Currently, DBC has 31 canines in their training and rehabilitation facility located in Ann Arbor. Many of the dogs are victims of neglect or cruelty, but once they are healthy and successfully complete the rehabilitation program, each one will put up for adoption.


    (PHOTO: Detroit Bully Corps supporters donated more than 400 lbs. of dog food at the sentencing.)




    Detroit Bully Corps is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization located in Ann Arbor dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating Bully Breeds, especially the American Pit Bull Terrier. For more information, please visit:


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