Decapitated dog found along railroad tracks in Sterling Heights

Decapitated dog found along railroad tracks in Sterling Heights

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STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (WJBK) - A decapitated dog was found Saturday on railroad tracks near Mound Road between 14 Mile and 15 Mile roads.

The dog was found by two men who were searching for their missing dog.

The men found a dog tag and called the owners.

The owners of the 6-year-old boxer dog named Layla called police. Turns out, Layla had escaped from her home Friday night while the owners were gone. They believe the dog pushed open a window and knocked a screen out.

Police have sent Layla's remains to Michigan state for a necropsy and for toxicology testing.

Lt. Kevin Reese says Layla appears to have been hit by a train, but he reasons that dogs don't normally just lie down on railroad tracks, so investigators are taking the incident seriously.

"The torturing of an animal is a four-year felony and the mutilation of a deceased animal is a 30-day misdemeanor, and we will pursue charges," says Reese. "If there's someone at fault we're going to charge them."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sterling Heights Police Department.

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