Puppy appears in Clarkston courtroom for his abuser's sentencing

Posted at 6:49 PM, Oct 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-24 18:49:45-04

When a man accused of leaving a puppy for dead under bushes in a Clarkston Mobile Home Park appeared in court for his sentencing, the puppy was there for a victim impact statement.

Jeremy Paul Atkins was sentenced to the maximum sentence for misdemeanor animal cruelty and will serve 90 days in jail.

The judge sentenced him after listening to Trisha Plovie of the Canine Companions Rescue Center talk about the puppy’s injuries.

The puppy got the name Rumble because he is such a fighter.

“Rumble will struggle with the damage he sustained for the rest of his life,” said Plovie.  

The puppy was beaten and suffered brain damage causing a range of problems including blindness, issues regulating his body temperature and knowing when to eat or drink. His growth is stunted.  

He is not up for adoption due to his long road to recovery.