LAPORTE COUNTY | Police are pursuing charges against a Westville area man who is suspected of beating his dog for killing one of the chickens he keeps at his mobile home.
The dog also was extremely thin and very thirsty, police said.
The female dog on Friday was still being cared for at the LaPorte County Small Animal Shelter.
"The dog is recovering and doing well at this point in time," said Jane Bernard, the animal shelter director.
According to police, the case is being given to prosecutors to decide whether to pursue animal cruelty charges.
On May 4, officers responded to a mobile home park in the 7900 block of West U.S. 6 and found the dog with a swollen left eye and cuts on the front of her legs and nose.
The owner admitted beating the dog, saying the animal was supposed to protect his chickens but, instead, wound up killing one of the birds, police said.
Police said the dog was on a chain but the chickens were allowed to roam free in the mobile home park and the bird was killed when it strayed within reach of the dog.
At one point, Capt. Jon Keene said, the man reached for the dead chicken on the ground despite being told not to.
He then removed a brown egg from the carcass of the dead chicken, saying, "I just wanna get the egg," said Keene.
Bernard said there have been other encounters with the man for mistreating animals.
She would not comment any further because of the ongoing investigation.
Police said there was at least one other dog in the home.