Andrew David Thompson sent it to her the Friday before Labor Day in 2010, soon after he moved in.
When Grimes returned to their East Lansing condominium on Labor Day, Thompson told her the Italian greyhound he’d named Kensington had died.
“He said the dog had kind of strangled itself in its sleep,” Grimes testified during a preliminary hearing Friday in 54B District Court.
Thompson, she testified, said he’d wrapped the dog in a blanket.
Grimes, a veterinary medicine student at Michigan State University, said she found Thompson’s claim peculiar. Then two more Italian greyhound puppies disappeared that September under unusual circumstances.
At the end of the month, Grimes asked him to move out.
Thompson, a student at MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, later told investigators he killed the puppy out of anger by slamming it against a wall.
The reason he was angry, Ingham County Animal Control Deputy Jodi LeBombard testified: “He had witnessed the dog urinating in his bedroom.”
The 24-year-old from Arizona was ordered Friday to stand trial on charges he killed or tortured three Italian greyhound puppies.
He faces up to four years in prison.
Thompson, who has been suspended by the college and is being held at the Ingham County Jail on separate bonds totaling $600,000, also is charged in 55th District Court with 10 additional counts of killing animals.
All charges were issued last month.
A preliminary hearing in 55th District Court case is set for next week.
It involves allegations Thompson killed 10 Italian greyhounds at his Okemos apartment between October 2010 and June of this year.
His attorneys, Stacia Buchanan and Kim Savage, declined to comment Friday about the charges.
Ingham County Assistant Prosecutor Jeff Cruz presented evidence Friday that Thompson purchased the dogs from online breeders.
The dogs were sent via airplane in pet carriers, according to testimony.
It was revealed in court that Thompson suffers from bipolar disorder. Court documents say he was seeing a psychiatrist.
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