Detroit man stole ex-girlfriend’s dog from her home, sent her disturbing video of torturing the animal

Julius Holley, 55, is currently facing charges of multiple offenses including killing/torturing of animals and second-degree home invasion

Detroit man stole ex-girlfriend’s dog from her home, sent her disturbing video of torturing the animal
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DETROIT, MICHIGAN: A Detroit man has been accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s house and torturing and abusing her dog. The suspect identified as Julius Holley, 55, is currently facing charges of multiple offenses including killing/torturing of animals and second-degree home invasion.

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The charges on the alleged abuser were announced by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Saturday, November 5. Nessel said Holley broke into his ex girlfriend’s home when she was not there and took her Yorkshire terrier mix dog along with other items. He then sent her a traumatic video of himself beating and torturing the dog, according to Nessel's statement. The dog was then left in a bucket next to the woman's home.

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"Animal abuse is cruel and sadistic," AG Dana Nessel said. "And it's also a crime that is often associated with other serious criminal activity, including domestic violence and abuse." Gratefully, the tiny canine is now in better place and has been taken in by the Michigan Humane Society "to ensure it could not be abused again," Nessel added.


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According to the statement, Holley was not yet in custody as of November 4. The identity of the woman was also not revealed by the official. During the investigation, the authorities learned that Holley has a history of crime. Holley previously pleaded guilty to domestic violence in 2012. In 1992, he was sentenced to prison after being convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, Michigan Court records stated.

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According to state laws, people who torture or kill a pet with the intent of causing mental suffering or distress to another individual, are guilty of a felony of up to 10 years in prison. "Animal abuse is cruel and sadistic. It is also a crime that is often associated with other serious criminal activity, including domestic violence and abuse," Nessel said, adding, "Law enforcement and Michigan Humane know that victims of domestic violence are often reluctant to leave a dangerous situation for fear of having to leave their pets behind."

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However, this is not the first time that a case of animal abuse in Michigan has made national headlines. Last month, the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office charged a man with one count of animal abuse after a video of him appearing to beat, choke and slam his dog went viral. “Michigan law does not adequately address nor provide harsher consequences for the actions taken by the accused," Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido said in a release.

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