Eagan Police Arrest Man Accused of Bludgeoning Dog with Baseball Bat

Police found "Tippy", a black lab mix, in a remote area straddling the border of Eagan and Burnsville.

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Tippy is a 60-pound, black lab mix with a sweet temperament and a fondness for afternoon naps. He's house-trained, loves watching squirrels and snuggling.

And he's survived a beating with a wooden baseball bat.

Eagan police are investigating an apparent animal cruelty case that took place on Sept. 27 at a boat landing underneath the Cedar Avenue Bridge at the border of Eagan and Burnsville.

An Eagan officer on a routine patrol in the isolated area came across a Bloomington resident at the landing at 12:30 a.m., according to Eagan Police Department Sgt. Jennifer Wills.

Because the park area is prone to vandalism and poaching, Wills said, and the man was at the landing after the posting closing time, the officer approached the individual and spoke with him.

During the conversation, the officer allegedly heard some rustling in nearby bushes. That's when police discovered Tippy, lying on the ground next to a wooden baseball bat.

At that point, police questioned the man and took him into custody, Wills said. The dog, named Tippy by officers, was transported to Pilot Knob Animal Hospital, where he was treated for bruising and a large goose-egg on his head, Wills said. It appears the animal was struck at least once in the head, Wills said.

Formal criminal charges have yet to be filed against the Bloomington man, and Burnsville City Attorney Joel Jamnik is currently reviewing the case, Wills said.

Wills declined to say whether the man arrested in connection with this case intended to kill Tippy.

"He clearly hit the dog with a baseball bat, as far as his intent to kill the dog, I couldn’t tell you," Wills said.

Following his treatment, Tippy was taken under the wing of Second Hand Hounds, an animal rescue group. The dog is currently staying at a foster home, and Second Hand has already received more than 40 adoption offers, according to Second Hand Hounds Director Rachel Mairose.

Click here to view Tippy's adoption profile.

Although Tippy is a "sweet and resilient" dog, Mairose said, many abused animals bear physical and psychological scars from the abuse.

"Animals are extremely adjustable and forgiving, but dogs can develop fears of objects, situations, sounds, etc. due to animal abuse," Mairose said. "Tippy might have a newfound fear of bats, or be wary of men for the rest of his life."

Second Hand plans to take its time selecting a new owner for Tippy, and will place him with an owner that has experience dealing with dogs with "fear issues", Mairose said.

Mairose said she was "shocked" to hear about Tippy's animal cruelty case.

"We immediately wanted to know what we could do to help this poor guy. I would hope most people would realize there are alternatives for "getting rid" of your dogs. Many rescues and shelters are willing to take in dogs. There is never a need to use physical violence on an animal."

Roxanne Sikkila October 19, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I think, that any crime against an animal should be treated the same as if the crime was against a human. I would say, that a person hits another person or animal in the hit the head with a baseball bat is trying to kill that person or animal.
Scotty1972 October 19, 2012 at 07:56 PM
You low life dweeb, you are such a tough guy aren't you? OH MY GOD I WISH I WOULD'VE COME ACROSS YOU DOING THAT!!! You & all like you are the very definition of LOOSER !!! Since the law is so soft on this type of twisted crap & unfortunately i'll never get a run at ya, you sick, vile, sorry excuse...... I can only hope karma pays you a vist in a big way !
Violet October 19, 2012 at 08:44 PM
I'm so glad the Policeman was in the right place at the right time to save this precious animal from further abuse and/or death. Blessings also to the Second Hand rescuers for the work they do for God's creatures who can't defend or speak for themselves. This dog, any many others like it, deserves a 2nd chance at life. Besides the obvious cowardly brutality, what is also bothersome is that after 4 weeks 'formal criminal charges have yet to be filed'. You better believe I will be watching this case closely in hopes that this POS will be properly punished. If he's not, I will be in contact with Attorney Jamnik, for the next victim may be a human being.
Deb M October 19, 2012 at 11:55 PM
I agree completely Roxanne. A person doing this to a dog will do it to a child, a spouse, another person with no remorse.
linda October 20, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Thank god he was caught. I cry reading this. Dogs are above humans in terms of love and true compassion. I velieve this with all my heart.
penta October 23, 2012 at 03:21 AM
It sure takes a big strong man to maim a helpless dog in a secluded area around midnight. You knew it was wrong. You coward. Bless the officers that found him and my hope is he goes a loving home he sorely deserves. As for the coward, I hope he gets what he sorely deserves as well. Though the laws here on earth are way too soft for people like him, final judgement will not be as easy. Enjoy your time in Minnesota, your future home will be a bit hotter.


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