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Animal control officer testifies for defense in animal cruelty case

Billy Stewart is charged with aggravated animal cruelty, a class E felony, after being accused of mistreating dogs as he was taking them to be euthanized. Billy Stewart is charged with aggravated animal cruelty, a class E felony, after being accused of mistreating dogs as he was taking them to be euthanized.

(WMC-TV) - Prosecutors say he was abusing dogs as they were on their way to the needle. Defense attorneys say there was no training on the proper way to do it.

Darrell Hudson, an animal control officer at Memphis Animal Shelter, was called to testify for the defense Wednesday in the criminal case against former MAS animal technician Billy Stewart.

Stewart is charged with aggravated animal cruelty, a class E felony, after being accused of mistreating dogs as he was taking them to be euthanized.

"Most of the dogs we get in Memphis are going to be pit bulls. They're very, very aggressive," said Hudson. "No matter what, he ain't gonna let you touch him. He gonna flip, flip. And once you put your hand out there, he gonna snap, take your hand off. That's an aggressive dog and this is the only thing we have to contain the animal."

Stewart was indicted in March 2012 along with two other employees who have since pleaded out their criminal cases.

But Stewarts' defense attorney argues his client is not guilty and that the animal technicians never got the proper training on how to handle the dogs.

"Training?" asked Hudson. "Only thing we trained on at that time was to clean up."

The city maintains that fixing the shelter is an ongoing process.

A conviction on a class E felony carries a possible sentence between one and six years in prison.

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