Huron Township Vet Charged in Dog Death

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged veterinarian Martin P. McLaughlin, 62, (DOB: 03/03/1956), of Huron Township, in connection with the death of his three-year-old male Labrador Retriever. On July 5, 2018, it is alleged that McLaughlin went into his home, located in the 30500 block of Sibley Road in Huron Township, and left his dog inside his car overnight in extreme heat. The following morning, it is alleged that McLaughlin discovered the lifeless dog inside his car. The death of the dog was investigated by the Huron Township Police Department and a warrant request was presented to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.

McLaughlin has been charged with one count of Animals - Abandoning/Cruelty to One Animal Resulting in the Animals Death, a one-year Misdemeanor and one count of Animals - Abandoning/Cruelty to One Animal, a 93-day Misdemeanor.* The defendant is expected to turn himself in for arraignment on November 14, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in 34th District Court in Romulus.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.