By Christy Strawser
CBS Detroit Managing Editor

Betty Mayes, 84, has lived in her Frenchtown Township home for more than 40 years, watching the ups and downs of the neighborhood.

But she never thought she’d experience this.

Mayes lives between senior citizen Gary Pinchoff, and the Wann family, who had to euthanize their dog, Jinx, after Pinchoff allegedly put out a hot dog laced with needles. The Toledo Blade reported Ryleigh Wann spent her 16th birthday mourning her 8-year-old black Labrador after a vet couldn’t save him.

His intestines were still riddled with needles after she vomited up 20 of them.

“Who would do that? Put needles in a hot dot? My God. You know a dog is going to eat meat. It’s a shame to tear our neighborhood up. It’s sad,” Mayes told CBS Detroit.

The family called Michigan State Police after the incident, according to the Associated Press. State Police Trooper Michael Petersen said the neighbor, later identified as Pinchoff, told police he put the needles inside the meat to prevent the dog from coming onto his property in Monroe County’s Frenchtown Township, south of Detroit. The man said he had previously had complained to the dog’s owner about the issue.

Peterson said the neighbor claims he didn’t realize the dog would swallow the meat.

Pinchoff, whose phone is now disconnected, could face charges of killing or torturing an animal, a felony.

“It’s just a tragic story and people get kinda worked up with their neighbors,” Peterson told WWJ Newsradio 950. “I think people should just try to relax a little bit. This is obviously extreme and it’s unfortunate that it happened.”

The county prosecutor’s office is reviewing the case.

Mayes said Pinchoff’s oldest son, 29, was killed by a drunken driver in April in Taylor, though she still doesn’t understand what could have caused the hot dog incident.

“He’s under a lot of pressure, he talks about his wife crying all the time. They’ve got a lot on their minds … It does bother me, but I don’t stick my nose in other people’s business.”

Mayes saw Jinx plenty of times throughout the years, saying he would stick his nose through her fence when she was gardening. Her yard is fenced, the Wann’s yard isn’t, but she said they kept him close to home.

“He was a big, black Lab, a pretty dog, a big dog, he was a friendly thing. I don’t think he would ever hurt anyone.”

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Comments (7)
  1. Darisse Smith says:

    What did this neighbor think would happen if he laced a hot dog with needles? Of course the dog is going to eat the meat and get seriously injured, at least. He should go to jail for animal cruelty but most likely he will be fined and the poor family will never see their beloved pet again. There are many ways to deal with a pesky animal between neighbors and this is not one of them. I would sue this man for everything he’s worth! What if the children at the home found the hot dog first and decided to eat it?

    1. Heather says:

      So sue this man for everything he is worth and allow the owner of the dog to get rich because he didn’t follow the law? They both broke the law!

  2. Jeff says:

    I feel bad for the girl and her family, but they’ll see their dog, friend, in the next life. Look up Rainbow Bridge, it’s where pets cross over to Heaven and wait for their friends. And lock up the guy who did that, put him away. If he did it to a dog, he could do it to a human. If he’s that depressed, get’em off the street.

  3. steve says:

    people who allow their dogs to run loose are breaking the law, and do not really love their animals. If this happens in your neighborhood call animal control, that is why we pay property taxes. Do not turn yourself into the bad guy by taking the law into your own hands, no matter how much they deserve it .

  4. Donna says:

    People who are allowing there so called pet to run freely are breaking the law. Does this man deserve what he is getting no. Did he want the dog to leave him alone yes. The owners of the dog should have been better owners and not allow there so called loving family pet to annoy other people and their property. Was this dog aggressive to this man? Authoritize don’t always responde like they should when you call them out. Sometimes they make it worse. If they really loved their dog they would have never let it leave their yard without them.

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