INDIANAPOLIS–Two people in Indianapolis are accused of hanging and stabbing a dog to death.
IMPD says Sierra Lynne Makin, 20, and Zech Hilton Thomsen, 19, were arrested on Aug. 6 on charges of torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal, animal abandonment/neglect, resisting law enforcement and battery of a public safety official.
Makin and Thomsen had adopted a dog named Deron from Indianapolis Animal Care Services (IACS) July 28. Officers responded to the 700 block of Bosart Avenue at around 3 p.m. on Aug. 6. That is on the east side of Indianapolis near Michigan Street and Emerson Avenue.
Police say Thomsen and Makin were arrested for “torturing and killing” the dog and both of them resisted police officers during the arrest.
“We are heartbroken over this situation and we are supporting IMPD with their investigation. Our staff and volunteers are truly invested in the care and well-being of all of our animals. It is always our goal that when animals are adopted they go to loving forever homes,” said Katie Trennepohl, deputy director of IACS.
Deron was described by the IACS as an “energetic, affectionate guy” who gave “the best kisses.” Deron was two years old.