The Lapeer County Prosecutor’s Office is seeking a judge’s order to euthanize two Cane Corso dogs involved in the fatal mauling of a jogger and another adult dog and seven puppies found at a residence.
Lapeer County Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Mike Hodges said a hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, in district court.
Some of the dogs were family pets, while the puppies were being raised to sell, Hodges said.
“Some of the puppies might have been sold already, but I think (the adult dogs) were family pets,” he said.
Craig Sytsma, 46, died after he was attacked by two dogs as he jogged along Thomas Road in Metamore Township. The Livonia native was working at Eltro Services in Oxford when he decided to go for a run just before 5:30 p.m. on July 23, said Metamora Township Police Chief David Mallett.
The two dogs were taken to Lapeer County Animal Control, where they were kept in quarantine. The remaining adult dog and seven puppies were taken on Friday from the house and kept at animal control.
Mallett said the dogs responsible for the attack are two 3-year-old Cane Corsos. A Cane Corso is described by the American Kennel Club as a “mastiff type” dog that ranges in size from 23.5 to 27.5 inches tall at the shoulder.
Hodges called it a “terrifying, one-in-a-million situation.”
“We’re hoping to get all the reports in this week and make a charging decision,” regarding the owners, he said.
Lapeer County Prosecutor Tim Turkelson said on Monday, June 28, that his office could pursue charges of manslaughter and possession of a dangerous animal causing death.
Police reports show that the two dogs allegedly involved in the attacks come from a home where dogs lived that allegedly attacked at least two other people in as many years.