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Deputy Tortured And Killed Rescue Dog Who Was Found Bound In Duct Tape In Watery Ditch

Published: April 29, 2022 at 03:30 PM Author: Penny Eims

Southfield, Michigan – One year ago, a dog named Habs, who “radiated happiness,” was adopted from the Humane Society of Macomb by Jacob Wilkinson. On March 24, Habs’ body was found in a Saginaw County ditch; his legs and muzzle were bound in duct tape and there were bullets in his head.

As soon as the disturbing crime came to light, Jacob Wilkinson was fired from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, where he had worked as a deputy for just 42 days. Sheriff Chris Swanson, with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, stated:

If you are going to hurt, abuse, neglect, beat, kill, torture an animal – you’re going to do it to a person.

Wilkinson did not deny killing Habs – he told the authorities that the dog had “nipped at him” during a nail trim. But instead of contacting the animal shelter where Habs had been adopted, Wilkinson opted to torture and kill the dog that he adopted.

Rachel Gentz, with the animal shelter, commented on Wilkinson’s killing, telling Fox 10 News:

“There is absolutely no reason for anyone to do this – dogs have feelings just like we do,” Gentz said.”He then went to find duct tape. Duct taped on his legs and mouth, put him in the trunk, drove him to the middle of nowhere and put 3 bullets in his head.”

Before Habs was adopted, he was selected to participate in the Blue Star Service Dogs program where he would be trained to be a service dog by inmates…but Habs was “too friendly” for the program. When he failed to graduate, Wilkinson (a Corrections Officer for the Michigan Department of Corrections at the time) adopted him.

Jacob Wilkinson is facing one felony count of second-degree torturing or killing of an animal; his next court date is on May 9 in the Saginaw County courthouse. Please add your name to the petition today to help us fight to put Wilkinson away for as long as possible!

We the undersigned demand that Jacob Wilkinson is held responsible for this brutal and deadly attack on his dog, Habs. We are petitioning for Wilkinson to receive the maximum punishment allowable by law and to be prohibited from owning or residing with animals in the future.

Note: Individuals are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law. Animal Victory relies upon the authorities and the court system to determine guilt or innocence.


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Update 9/13/2022: The pre-exam conference is scheduled for September 26, 2022 at 9 a.m. The preliminary exam is scheduled for October 28, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. 


Update 8/17/2022: Animal Victory sent 18,664 signatures to Prosecuting Attorney Aaron Majorana.

Update 7/17/2022: The next court date is August 24, 2022, for a pre-exam conference. 

Below is our understanding of a Pre-Exam Conference:

The court will schedule a time for the prosecutor and the defendant or his or her attorney to discuss the case, and likely a potential plea to all charges, some of the charges, or reduced charges, depending on the case.


Update 6/08/2022: Animal Victory has learned that the next court date is set for June 28 at 1:30 pm.

Update 5/10/2022: An Animal Victory advocate hand-delivered this 353-page petition to  Judge Fightneron Monday (May 9) during a protest at the courthouse on Habs’ behalf. Michael Beer, Jacob Wilkinson’s attorney, requested an adjournment of the probable cause conference “due to the extensive amount of additional discovery and records still outstanding at this time.” It is unclear when the next court appearance will be scheduled.

Update 5/9/2022: Animal Victory has learned that a hearing with remote participation was scheduled for 5/9/2022.

Deputy Tortured And Killed Rescue Dog Who Was Found Bound In Duct Tape In Watery Ditch

18,681 signatures = 93% of goal


18,681 Sterling Long-Colbo Sep 21, 2022
18,680 Jessica Swaysland Sep 21, 2022
18,679 Nereida Alamo Sep 17, 2022
18,678 Guisselle Martinez Sep 17, 2022
18,677 Jay Rich Sep 16, 2022
18,676 Suzanne Wiegand Sep 16, 2022
18,675 Carmen Verdugo Sep 11, 2022
18,674 Jennifer Warrow Sep 10, 2022
18,673 Josephine Falco Sep 10, 2022
18,672 Christine Waldvogel I do hope animal lovers will beat this man to death or near death to teach him what it felt like for this innocent animal! Sep 10, 2022
18,671 Kelly A Kalish Sep 10, 2022
18,670 Michelle Krueger Sep 09, 2022
18,668 Julie Carner Sep 07, 2022
18,667 sheri lane Sep 07, 2022
18,666 Kristi Dishner Sep 07, 2022
18,665 Tammy Welch Sep 07, 2022
18,664 Shanelle Manzanares Sep 06, 2022
18,663 Jammie Davis Sep 05, 2022
18,662 Jeffrey Clouatre Sep 04, 2022
18,661 Nancy Coupe Sep 03, 2022
18,660 Shambhavi Ojha Sep 02, 2022
18,659 Eric Fournier Aug 30, 2022
18,658 Tiffany Toungett Can we put three bullets in Jacob's head just being alive? Aug 28, 2022
18,657 Patricia Day Pos. What comes around goes aroun Aug 28, 2022
18,656 Gabriela Barberio Aug 25, 2022
18,655 Denver Wallace Aug 24, 2022
18,654 Julia Jones People who do this to animals are evil to their core. Please give this animal justice. Thank you. Aug 24, 2022
18,653 Kira Thompson Aug 22, 2022
18,652 Elizabeth Sanchez Aug 21, 2022