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Justice is Served For Puppy Who was Severely Beaten and Thrown Into River

 With broken legs, he crawled out of the water several times to return to his abuser. Now, six months after his rescue, justice is served.

Dog lovers are celebrating a judge's decision to sentence a woman convicted of severely assaulting a dog in Detroit. Before police arrived to stop her, the suspect was accused of abusing a puppy and attempting to throw him into a river. 

Fortunately for the dog, Utica Police Department officers and detectives were able to apprehend the perpetrator in time. Amber Sunde, according to witnesses, was observed dumping the injured puppy into the Clinton River on a frigid January day in Macomb County, MI. According to, the puppy climbed out of the water numerous times and approached her before she tried to get rid of him again.

Lux was transferred to Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue after being rescued by authorities, where a medical exam indicated that the puppy had undergone a lot of maltreatment in his short life. 

Lux had a cracked head and two broken legs as a result of the abuse. Additionally, “X-rays revealed that Lux has both old and new injuries, indicating that in his brief 6 months of existence, he underwent repeated maltreatment at the hands of his owner,” Detroit Pit Crew posted on Facebook.

There were multiple setbacks in the court procedures, including an offer of a plea bargain for the defendant at one point. Throughout the trial, however, animal lovers showed there to ensure that Lux received justice. 

Despite delays in the Detroit court procedures, Judge James Biernat handed down his sentence against Amber Sunde, Lux's former owner, on June 23, 2021. Sunde was sentenced to prison and barred from ever owning animals again. According to Lux's rescuers, this is a "win."

“Judge Beirnat stated that the defendant, Amber Sunde, did NOT qualify for mental health court, and he has sentenced her to 6 months in jail (the judge went above the sentencing guidelines), 2 years probation, 60 hours community service, she is to pay restitution to Detroit Pit Crew for Lux's medical bills, and she is NOT to own any more animals,” they wrote.

“As an organization that is involved in several animal cruelty cases, this sentencing is regarded as a win. Thank you so much to everyone that stepped out and spoke up for Lux!! We're also pleased to say that Lux has been adopted and is doing well at the moment,” they added. They also thanked Judge Biernat for "going above and beyond the sentencing standards." 

Lux, now known as Finn, has entirely healed during the last six months. 

Finn was later adopted by the cop who saved her life!