Aug. 18 2016 01:44 PM

Alleged perpetrator identified, abandoned puppy available for adoption

THURSDAY, Aug. 18 — The person believed responsible for abandoning a puppy in a dumpster in south Lansing has been identified. Ingham County Animal Control rescued the puppy Aug. 11 and offered a reward for information leading to the conviction of the person who abandoned him. Several useful tips came in, which led to identification of the alleged abandoner.

“We are thankful to the community for their help in this case,” said John Dinon, Ingham County Animal Control director. “At this point, we have identified the person who abandoned the puppy and we will be pursuing criminal charges.”

The puppy, now named Spartacus, will be available for adoption the week of Aug. 22. The shelter staff is inviting anyone interested in adopting the puppy to come to the shelter to fill out an application and submit a paragraph on why they would be the best family for Spartacus.

Applications will be accepted through 4 p.m. Saturday. Applications must be turned in in person at Ingham County Animal Control Shelter, 600 Curtis St., Mason. Ingham County Animal Control staff will review the applications and determine the most qualified adopter. For more information on adoption or visiting, call (517) 676-8370 or go to

“Spartacus has had a rough start, and we want to ensure that he gets the best home possible,” said Ashley Shaffier, Ingham County Animal Control volunteer coordinator. “We also want to remind people that we have many other great dogs and cats at our shelter in Mason who are also looking for their forever homes.”