PETA Weighing In on Walnut Ridge 'Puppy Stomping' Incident

FEBRUARY 26, 2004 - Posted at 3:14 p.m. CDT

WALNUT RIDGE, AR - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is getting involved in the January incident in which a Walnut Ridge city employee allegedly stomped one or more puppies to death while on the job.

In late January, Tony Poindexter allegedly stomped the young dog(s) to death.  Approximately one week later, Walnut Ridge Mayor Glen Murphy announced that he had suspended Poindexter indefinitely until his court date.

Thursday, PETA fired off a letter to delegated Walnut Ridge City Attorney Joe Grider, urging him to vigorously prosecute Poindexter.  PETA alleges that Poindexter stomped three puppies to death, after taking the dogs from two women that had rescued them from the street.

Mayor Murphy responded to the PETA involvement by saying, "I'm really not that familiar with PETA, and I really don't understand why they're that concerned with this."  When contacted by K8 news this afternoon, Grider referred the matter to Sixth Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce, who said, "I'm aware of the letter, but I have not had a chance to look at it yet."

No final court date has been set yet for Poindexter.