Man accused of beating small dog to death

Michael L. Ring (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Michael L. Ring (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Brookland man faces animal cruelty charges after police say he beat a small dog to death.

According to Jonesboro police, the attack happened Thursday afternoon in the 800-block of West Matthews.

A witness said the dog was tethered to a run line in its yard when 57-year-old Michael L. Ring "lift the small animal off the ground by its leash, swung it around and slammed it several times unto the ground" until it died.

Ring then walked away.

When Officer Royce Smith caught up with Ring, the suspect said he was "going to the library" and at first refused to hand over his identification.

While being questioned, Ring began complaining of chest pains and "stated that he wanted to go to the hospital," according to Officer Smith's initial report.

Ring was taken to St. Bernards Medical Center for observation.  He was treated and released at 8 a.m. Friday.  Ring was then taken to the Craighead County Detention Center where he was charged with aggravated animal cruelty and a probation violation.  According to Officer Smith's report, Ring was on probation for a previous aggravated assault.

Ring is due in District Court at 2 p.m. Friday for a probable cause hearing.

Region 8's Will Dupree will be in the courtroom and bring you a complete report tonight on Region 8 News at 5 and 6.

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