MAS worker found guilty of animal cruelty - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MAS worker found guilty of animal cruelty

A jury found Billy Stewart, 29, guilty of four counts of aggravated cruelty and one misdemeanor charge of cruelty. A jury found Billy Stewart, 29, guilty of four counts of aggravated cruelty and one misdemeanor charge of cruelty.

(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Animal Shelter employee indicted following an undercover investigation was found guilty of animal cruelty Friday.

A jury found Billy Stewart, 29, guilty of four counts of aggravated cruelty and one misdemeanor charge of cruelty.

An undercover officer testified in court this week that Stewart would sometimes choke dogs into unconsciousness as he led them to the room where they would be euthanized.

According to the officer, this happened to at least five dogs between December 2011 and February 2012.

Stewart denied the allegations and claimed that aggressive dogs sometimes choked themselves with the noose of the catch pole as they tried to break free from its hold. He also said he was not given proper training for the job.

Two other employees previously pleaded guilty to cruelty charges and were sentenced to time in prison.

Aggravated animal cruelty carries no more than two years in prison for a first-time offender. There is also a chance for probation.

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