Man from Chula faces charges in Livingston County for killing seven puppies

Animal Abuse

A Chula man accused of killing seven puppies by placing them inside bags has been charged in Livingston County.

Online court information shows Ronald Parker faces felony animal abuse—second degree—subsequent offense or by torture and/or mutilation while the animal was alive. An initial appearance is scheduled in the Associate Division of Livingston County Circuit Court on February 26th.

A probable cause statement accuses Parker of placing several puppies in Ziploc bags and one in a trash bag, putting them inside a trash can, and placing a lid on top. Livingston County Deputy Terry Wilson said Parker advised he agreed to take care of a female dog last summer, and the dog had puppies in November.

Parker allegedly admitted to killing the puppies because he would rather have them dead than see them starve to death, and he did not know it was against the law to kill them. The probable cause statement says Bethany Millard took one puppy that was stiff and barely alive to the veterinarian where it died.

The vet advised the puppy could have died from aspiration pneumonia or asphyxiation.