Man charged following accusations of punching dog multiple times
GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- The man accused of punching his dog multiple times was arraigned on charges Tuesday morning.
Leland Vanderlind, 19, was charged with abandoning/cruelty to one animal and possession of marijuana.
Both charges are misdemeanors and Vanderlind could face 93 days in jail, $1,000 fine and/or up to 200 hours of community service for the animal cruelty charge.
He could face a year in jail and a $2,000 fine for the marijuana charge.
Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Vanderlind on Saturday, August 11 after witnesses told deputies he punched his husky six times.
Deputies also found a pit bull at the same house that seemed underweight.
Both dogs were taken by Grand Traverse County Animal Control and were evaluated by a veterinarian, deputies said.
He will back in court for pretrial hearing on September 4.