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JPD: Man admits to beating small dog to death

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

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

A neighbor told police that Michael Ring, 57, walked into a yard where a small brown Chihuahua was tethered to a run line. According to a probable cause affidavit, the neighbor explained Ring "picked up the dog, swung it around and then slammed the dog to the ground several times" until it died.

The neighbor says Ring then walked down the block.

When officers caught up with Ring, the suspect said he was "going to the library" and at first refused to hand over his identification, according to a police report. He also told officers, "I have to tell you something. I used to be a preacher."

While being questioned, Ring began complaining of chest pains, so he was taken to St. Bernards Medical Center for observation.

The affidavit reports at approximately 8:15 Friday morning, police were called to the hospital because Ring was attempting to flee.

During a video taped interview later Friday with police, Ring admitted to killing the dog, saying he did it "because the dog was barking and snapping at him," according to the affidavit.

Now, the pet's owners are trying to make sense of this unexplainable tragedy.

"If I had my way, I'd get all the bad people out the street and put somewhere in a facility where they can't get out and cause problems," Deandra Jones said. "Hopefully, (Ring will) get what he deserves and what's coming to him."

Jones and his family are mourning the loss of their dog, lovingly called T.T. Neighbors could often spot the Chihuahua in the front yard, where she would only venture as far as the sidewalk and occasionally bark at walkers or bikers.

"Really, you could hold her in your hands," Jones said, describing the dog. "That's how small she was. She was a little dog. She's a little precious little something."

Jones' wife broke the devastating news to him Thursday while he was at work. He says his mother-in-law took the kids from the house for a little while because they were so distraught.  

"That particular day, I don't know what was on that guy's mind," Jones said.

Jones says the attack has made safety a much bigger concern for his family, but he says there is comfort knowing Ring is behind bars.

"I hope he gets what he deserves," Jones added. "If you're crazy or not, you need to be somewhere off the street away from everybody."

If convicted Ring could face up to six years in prison or a $10,000 fine.

He is currently being held in lieu of $75,000 bond at the Craighead County Sheriff's Office.

He is set to appear in court again on September 25.

This is not the first time Ring has been in trouble with the law. In September 2011, he was charged with aggravated assault after Brookland police say he tried to run over his son and daughter-in-law.

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