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Man to stand trial on neglect

July 1, 2014
Alpena News

ROGERS CITY - A Hawks man accused of neglecting a kennel full of dogs in January will go to trial, and the kennel owner likely will be subpoenaed to testify.

Terri Tringali, attorney for Brandon Michael Thyrion, 21, told 53rd Circuit Court Judge Scott Pavlich Monday she cannot resolve the case without going to trial. Thyrion faces a single felony charge of cruelty or abandonment to 10 animals or more, the result of a January investigation by Presque Isle County Sheriff Department deputies. They were called to a Hawks kennel Thyrion had been hired to care for while the owner was away.

Deputies seized 38 dogs and three roosters that day, and Deputy Dave Tomas was involved as well. He also serves as Pavlich's court officer, and Pavlich said he'll likely have to recuse himself from the trial.

Presque Isle County Prosecutor Richard Steiger said he's agreed to subpoena witnesses to assist Tringali, as his office is obliged to do. That includes kennel owner Vickie Lamb, who no longer resides in the state.

Pavlich gave Tringali and Steiger 14 days to exchange witness and exhibit lists. The matter will be addressed in a three-day trial on a yet-to-be-determined date.

After the dockeROGERS CITY - A Hawks man accused of neglecting a kennel full of dogs in January will go to trial, and the kennel owner likely will be subpoenaed to testify.

Terri Tringali, attorney for Brandon Michael Thyrion, 21, told 53rd Circuit Court Judge Scott Pavlich Monday she cannot resolve the case without going to trial. Thyrion faces a single felony charge of cruelty or abandonment to 10 animals or more, the result of a January investigation by Presque Isle County Sheriff Department deputies. They were called to a Hawks kennel Thyrion had been hired to care for while the owner was away.

Deputies seized 38 dogs and three roosters that day, and Deputy Dave Tomas was involved as well. He also serves as Pavlich's court officer, and Pavlich said he'll likely have to recuse himself from the trial.

Presque Isle County Prosecutor Richard Steiger said he's agreed to subpoena witnesses to assist Tringali, as his office is obliged to do. That includes kennel owner Vickie Lamb, who no longer resides in the state.

Pavlich gave Tringali and Steiger 14 days to exchange witness and exhibit lists. The matter will be addressed in a three-day trial on a yet-to-be-determined date.

After the docket call, Tringali said she believes Lamb didn't live up to her responsibilities to provide for the dogs.

However, Steiger dropped animal cruelty charges against Lamb in March after she proved she'd been in frequent contact with Thyrion while she was gone. At the time, he also referred to a past inspection by Tomas stating Lamb's kennel appeared to be well-maintained.

Steiger said his office has an obligation to seek justice and will do what it can to help Tringali bring in all relevant witnesses. Beyond that, he declined to comment.

t call, Tringali said she believes Lamb didn't live up to her responsibilities to provide for the dogs.

However, Steiger dropped animal cruelty charges against Lamb in March after she proved she'd been in frequent contact with Thyrion while she was gone. At the time, he also referred to a past inspection by Tomas stating Lamb's kennel appeared to be well-maintained.

Steiger said his office has an obligation to seek justice and will do what it can to help Tringali bring in all relevant witnesses. Beyond that, he declined to comment.

 
 
 

 

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