Accused MAS employee takes the stand in cruelty case - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Accused MAS employee takes the stand in cruelty case

Billy Stewart gave an eye opening testimony Tuesday as he took the stand in his own defense. Billy Stewart gave an eye opening testimony Tuesday as he took the stand in his own defense.
Two other shelter employees share the same charge, but they struck plea deals with the state. Two other shelter employees share the same charge, but they struck plea deals with the state.

(WMC-TV) - The trial continues against a former Memphis Animal Services employee accused of mistreating dogs as he was taking them to be euthanized.

Billy Stewart gave an eye opening testimony Tuesday as he took the stand in his own defense.

Stewart said he was used and abused on the job, and that prosecutors have it all wrong.

"The things that you would see at this shelter would be unbelievable," said Stewart. "I was in a state of shock."

Hired as an animal care technician in 2007, Stewart is charged with aggravated animal cruelty after being accused of mistreating dogs as he was taking them to be euthanized. Two other shelter employees share the same charge, but they struck plea deals with the state.

Stewart was indicted in 2012. He stands accused of choking out dogs until the animals passed out.

"I would never abuse or choke any animal with an animal control pole. I never have. And that would be a violation of the policy and procedures. And it would be inhumane," said Stewart.

Stewart said he received the policies and procedure manual and that he read it – but administrators never followed up or provided proper training.

"My first day I bagged up deceased animals off the floor and put them in the freezer. I was learning and looking from current employees by what they were doing, but I never received any training whatsoever," said Stewart.

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

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