- Illinois, USA -
The Decatur Police Department announced the arrest of 53-years-old DERRICK DWAYNE TYUS (pictured).
In a media release police said that on December 11, 2023, the Macon County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control was dispatched to a property on 1259 E. Whitmer Street about two deceased puppies and a malnourished puppy in the backyard of the property.
Animal Control Officers did not see any food, water, or heat source for any of the puppies and Decatur Police were notified. A Decatur Police Officer conducted an initial investigation which included a neighborhood canvas in an attempt to identify the puppies’ guardian.
The investigation was subsequently assigned to a detective in the Criminal Investigations Division.
It emerged that TYUS was the puppies’ guardian and after consulting with the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office, a Decatur Police Department Person’s Wanted was issued for TYUS for three (3) counts of Cruel Treatment.
According to an update on the case, TYUS was arrested on January 3, 2024, booked into the Macon County Jail, and later released pending trial.
Police explained that Cruel Treatment is a non-detainable offense under the Illinois Pretrial Fairness Act.
Online arrest records show that TYUS is scheduled for an appointment with the office of the Macon County State’s Attorney on January 11, 2024, at 9:00 a.m.
I have emailed Decatur & Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation to inquire about all the Voiceless Victims in this case and if I get a response, I will post an update.
From a check on the organization’s Facebook page, I learned that the surviving puppy, Howie, has been adopted.
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TYUS‘ mugshot shared from the Macon County Sheriff's Office.