Update (3/2/2015): MLive has reported that the jury has found the defendant guilty of unlawfully killing an animal and not having adequate care for an animal. His sentencing date is set for March 30.
The defense lawyer for a 23-year old Michigan man who scalded a dog with boiling water before repeatedly running her over with his car says his client should be "thanked."
According to defendant Aaron A. Bellor, it was an accident that caused the third-degree burns on the back of "Sassy" the schnauzer. When her fur began falling out after trying to help her with a cold bath, the defendant saw no other option than to load her up in his car, drive out to the country, and repeatedly run her over until she died.
His actions, according to defense attorney Edward M. Czuprynzski, were justified, reported MLive Thursday.
"He did what he should have done," Czuprynski said. "He put that dog out of its misery. For that, he should be thanked, just like the farmer that puts a bullet through the cow's head. He did what he had to do, what any reasonable person without economic means should have done."