Request for veterinary records denied
Aug. 10 – BELLAIRE – A 28-year-old woman charged with five counts of animal murder and torture and one count of animal cruelty has been denied a motion to discover veterinary records.
The proceedings took place before Judge Thomas G. Power at the County Antrim Courthouse on Monday.
Brooklynn Beck’s attorney, Mattias Johnson, filed a discovery motion for the defendant on July 27, asking the prosecutor’s office to obtain all veterinary records for a victim in the case, a dog named Brandi.
Three months ago, Beck was charged by County Antrim prosecutor James Rossiter with torturing and killing Brandi, in addition to two snakes, a lizard and an iguana, according to court records.
According to records obtained by the Record-Eagle, Johnson requested Brandi’s veterinary records because, in the original police report, the dog allegedly had pre-existing medical conditions that could have contributed to her death.
Documents filed by Johnson said Brandi’s conditions included previous surgery, possible signs of excessive water consumption and urine production and that she was considered a “senior” dog at the time she was dropped off at Beck’s grooming business.
Beck owned and operated House of Floof, in a rented warehouse in Central Lake, with a man who was previously reported as his fiancée, 43-year-old Michael Patrick Turland.
“If the court allows me to request these records from the vet, I would be more than happy to do so,” Johnson said during the hearing.
Rossiter that the dog’s entire medical history is irrelevant due to the abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of Beck. Instead, Rossiter told Power that the DA’s office received a post-mortem report for Brandi and shared that information with Beck’s defense team.
The post-mortem report said that, until the day Brandi was sent to Beck for grooming, she was in good health despite being categorized as a “senior” dog. Brandi’s autopsy, which is an autopsy for animals, said she died of asphyxiation, Rossiter said.
Johnson said he received Brandi’s autopsy report.
Power said he denied Johnson’s motion because it was not Rossiter’s job to obtain defense records.
“The prosecutor doesn’t have them and it doesn’t look like he’s working to get them,” Power said.
That investigation began when officials discovered more than 200 dead exotic animals in freezers on the Central Lake property that Beck and Turland rented, officials said.
Beck was also arraigned in April in Grand Traverse County on a single animal cruelty charge following a report by staff at another dog grooming business in Blair Township, according to previous reports. .
Court records show Beck was released by Grand Traverse County Magistrate Tammi Rodgers on a personal recognizance of $5,000.
Beck’s co-defendant, Turland, faced similar animal cruelty charges in Arizona’s Mohave County, according to a previous Record-Eagle report. Mohave law enforcement officials have confirmed that a landlord found 183 dead animals in a freezer at a property the couple were renting at the time.
He pleaded not guilty to all charges; Beck also pleaded not guilty in the 13th Circuit Court in Bellaire.
If convicted of all charges against her in County Antrim, Beck could face up to 27 years in prison and a $35,000 fine, depending on state sentencing guidelines.
The case is due to continue on September 12 at the County Antrim Courthouse.