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      Police investigating 'brutal beating' death of dog in Newberry

      Max the dog was stabbed and brutally beaten at his Newberry home.

      S tate Police in the U.P. are now trying to figure out who brutally beat and stabbed a dog to death in broad daylight.

      T he Newberry family says they came home last week to find the body of their family pet still tied to it's chain.

      S kilard Wilcox's 4-year-old lab mix, named Max, usually welcomes her home everyday.

      B ut that Monday she found him lying in the mud, lifeless.

      "I was standing by the tree over here in my backyard and seen that he was cut in the stomach and he was still on the chain and everything ," Wilcox said.

      S he immediately called 9-1-1. W hen police arrived and began to investigate , they also found a gash on the dog's head.

      "I 've heard of people doing in the middle of the night w hen nobody was around , but in broad daylight ," Wilcox said. "Somebody has got a lot of guts to do it ."

      A s of right now , M ichigan State Police aren't releasing many details due to the nature of this case.

      W ilcox says another neighbor has been dealing with a similar situation that happened two weeks ago. H er neighbor told her she came home to find her cat dead.

      "I guess the cat 's neck was snap ped and she wasn't home either ," Wilcox said.

      T he recent events in this neighborhood have Wilcox on edge and worrying about her family's safety.

      "I t makes me wonder what's going to happen next ," Wilcox said. "I f they can do that to a dog like this that could be very vicious if it wants to , what they could do to a human ?"

      I f you have information about this case or know who could be responsible , call the Michigan State Police.