Hamtramck Man Charged for Allegedly Amputating Dog’s Leg

HAMTRAMCK, MI – Hamtramck Police arrested Charles Wofford on Monday October 29th, 2018, after Wofford amputated his seven-year-old Labrador Retriever’s lower right-rear leg at his Hamtramck home.

Charles Wofford

Credit: Hamtramck Police Department

The tools he allegedly used in the commission of this crime include garden shears, a steak knife, and toothache medicine.

Time line of events in the case:

  • The alleged crime occurred sometime before noon on April 25. A concerned citizen then called MHS the same day. This call prompted the nonprofit’s cruelty investigators to seize Wofford’s dog.
  • MHS amputated the dog’s remaining right-rear leg within 24 hours. This surgery was then followed by a month of recuperation.
  • MHS renamed the dog Mackinac and placed him with a family on June 2. Yet the dog’s behavior continued to worsen despite the best efforts of trainers, behaviorists, and veterinarians. Mackinac slowly became a danger to himself and others. This behavior left the dog’s family with no choice but to return him to MHS where he was humanely euthanized on Aug. 4.
  • Hamtramck Police arrested Wofford on Oct. 29.
  • District Judge, Alexis G. Krot arraigned Wofford in 31st District Court at approximately 9 a.m. on Oct. 29.
  • Wofford is now scheduled for a probable cause conference on Nov. 8 at 8:30 a.m.

Wofford is charged with one felony count of torturing an animal and one misdemeanor count of cruelty to one animal.

MHS cruelty investigators completed an investigation and submitted a warrant request to the Wayne County Prosecutors Office. The office approved charges for felony animal torture as well as misdemeanor animal cruelty.