On Sunday, the Midland Daily News published a story about a Midland County, Mich., man who is accused of a truly heinous crime.
Reed Mathew Compton, 39, is facing felony charges of killing or torturing animals after he allegedly placed a still alive dog inside of a wood-burning stove.
The gruesome discovery was made by Compton's father, Robert, back on Dec. 19.
The senior Compton advised the authorities that while at his son's house, the family dog, "Miss Kitty," was running around outside.
Reed Compton had told his father that he was going to take the dog into the house, apparently because she had been running out to the road.
Moments later, Robert Compton went into the house and stated that he heard scratching from the wood stove inside of his son's house.
When he asked his son if there was a chimney fire, Reed allegedly responded:
‘No, I just throwed my dog in there,’”
Rather than removing the dog from the fire in the stove, Robert Compton left the house.
He told officials that he was stunned and frightened. After leaving the house, he did phone the authorities to report what had happened.
Following Robert Compton's call to 911, a Midland County Sheriff’s Deputy and an animal control officer, came to Reed Compton's home, where they were met with the smell of burning fur and flesh.
Upon questioning, Reed Compton told the officials that he had tripped over his dog and broke her back, and that he put her into the fire to "dispose of her" while she was dying.
Compton has been ordered to undergo a forensic psychiatric exam in order to determine if he is competent to stand trial. His attorney, Dan Duke of Midland, has entered a not guilty plea on his client's behalf.
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