JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A Brookland man faces animal crueltycharges after police say he confessed to beating a small dog to death.
According to Jonesboro police, the attack occurred Thursdayafternoon in the 800 block of West Matthews.
A neighbor told police that Michael Ring, 57, walked into ayard where a small brown Chihuahua was tethered to a run line. According to aprobable cause affidavit, the neighbor explained Ring "picked up the dog, swungit 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 "goingto the library" and at first refused to hand over his identification, accordingto a police report. He also told officers, "I have to tell you something. Iused to be a preacher."
While being questioned, Ring began complaining of chestpains, 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 barkingand snapping at him," according to the affidavit.
Now, the pet's owners are trying to make sense of thisunexplainable tragedy.
"If I had my way, I'd get all the bad people out the streetand 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'scoming 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 frontyard, where she would only venture as far as the sidewalk and occasionallybark 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 alittle precious little something."
Jones' wife broke the devastating news to him Thursday whilehe was at work. He says his mother-in-law took the kids from the house for alittle while because they were so distraught.
"That particular day, I don't know what was on that guy'smind," Jones said.
Jones says the attack has made safety a much bigger concernfor his family, but he says there is comfort knowing Ring is behind bars.
"I hope he gets what he deserves," Jones added. "If you'recrazy 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 theCraighead 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 thelaw. In September 2011, he was charged with aggravated assault after Brooklandpolice say he tried to run over his son and daughter-in-law.