Man pleads guilty to animal abuse

Man pleads guilty to animal abuse
Liberty as of Aug. 24 (Source: (Source: CHS-PAWS)
Liberty as of Aug. 24 (Source: (Source: CHS-PAWS)
Arabella's paws when she was rescued in June (Source: CHS-PAWS)
Arabella's paws when she was rescued in June (Source: CHS-PAWS)

PEMISCOT COUNTY, MO (KAIT) - A Hayti man who pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of animal cruelty will not be able to own a dog for at least two years.

One of the dogs, according to a news release from CHS-PAWS, appeared to have been dragged. "her back paws were rubbed to the bone" a veterinarian was quoted as saying.

One of the dogs was in such poor condition it had to be euthanized.

Two of the dogs—Arabella and Liberty—were placed into the care of Caruthersville Humane Society and provided immediate medical attention.

On Tuesday, Garner appeared before Judge Keith Currie and pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor animal abuse. Currie sentenced Garner to one year in the Pemiscot County Jail, according to CHS-PAWS, but suspended the sentence and ordered him to serve 48 hours.

Currie also placed Garner on two years unsupervised probation and ordered him to not own or possess a dog during that time.

As for Arabella and Liberty, CHS-PAWS says they have "doubled their weight and have been brought back to health."

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