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Man charged following accusations of punching dog multiple times

Leland Vanderlind was charged with animal cruelty following accusations he punched his dog multiple times. (Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office)

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.

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