East Lansing man charged with animal cruelty

Posted at 5:18 PM, Nov 21, 2016

A 23-year-old man from East Lansing has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty and attempted animal cruelty after an incident in Meridian Township last week.

Police responded to a report of a person abusing a dog in the 4900 block of Hannah Boulevard on Tuesday, November 15. Witnesses of an area apartment complex called 911 after seeing the man abuse the dog. Witnesses intervened and cared for the dog (Donuts) until officers arrived and transported the dog to the MSU Veterinary Clinic.

A second dog belonging to the subject was turned over to the Ingham County Animal Control to ensure the dog’s safety. “Donuts” was later transferred to the Ingham County Animal Control for treatment for a broken leg.

On Wednesday, November 16, 23-year-old Zihao Li was charged with two counts of Animal Cruelty and Attempted Animal Cruelty. He has since posted bond and is due back in court for a preliminary exam tomorrow.

The investigation of this case is ongoing. Anyone who has information regarding this incident is requested to contact the Meridian Township Police Department at 517.853.4800, or submit an anonymous tip through the Department’s social media sites.