Zihao Li was arraigned last week in 55th District Court on one count each of animal cruelty and attempted animal cruelty, Meridian Township police said in a news release.
The dog is a young Shiba Inu named Donuts, Meridian Township police Capt. Greg Frenger said. It was taken to the Michigan State University Veterinary Clinic and later transferred to the Ingham County Animal Control shelter.
The dog was treated for a broken leg and remains in the custody of animal control, police said.
A second dog belonging to Li was placed in protective custody by animal control. He is not accused of abusing that dog, Frenger said.
A hearing to determine whether Li should stand trial on the charges is set for Nov. 29. Court records did not list an attorney for him.
Note: He may be going by the name Eric Li.
Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to call township police at 853-4800 or make an anonymous tip through the department's social media sites.
(Freep.com - November 22, 2016)