The 24-year-old faced 13 felony charges of animal killing in Okemos, Mich., and East Lansing. In April, he pleaded guilty to three charges, and on June 13, he was given five years probation and sentenced to continue psychiatric treatment, pay more than $5,000 in court fines and restitution, perform 400 hours of community service and maintain at least 30 hours per week employment.
Chloe No. 2 — renamed Jezabelle — now lives in a happy home with MSU alumna and veterinarian Joyce Heideman.
More than a year after her rescue, Jezabelle stands as the only surviving dog from Thompson’s abuse.
Today, the same dog that was reduced to whimpering in a closet, found herself a new, happy home, but the journey to get there wasn’t an easy one.
When LeBombard found the puppy during a June 21, 2011, investigation of Thompson’s apartment, the small animal was bruised and defecating blood in his closet. The outlook didn’t look good.
“I really didn’t believe that she would (survive), but I had hopes that she would,” LeBombard said. “She was pretty injured.”
In June 2011, Thompson admitted to killing the greyhounds by throwing them against the wall or floor or grabbing them by the neck and beating them during an interview with LeBombard.
Sometimes they died instantly, sometimes they took a few days.
Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter contacted Heideman and asked if she would see Chloe No. 2. The puppy was then taken to Southside Animal Hospital, 5134 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., where the puppy was examined for injuries. The diagnosis: bruises, internal bleeding and fluid in her lungs.
Heideman said she didn’t expect Chloe No. 2 to live. But three days into the puppy’s recovery, Chloe No. 2 was taken out to go to the bathroom. As she stood on a pad, the puppy saw a small leaf lying next to it. With one sudden burst of energy, she jumped and pounced on the leaf.
“That was the first time I knew she would actually live because she showed there was something in there,” Heideman said.
Six days into her recovery, Heideman adopted the puppy. With a new owner came a new name — Jezabelle.
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