Man gets jail time for injuring puppy

Published 4:26 pm Tuesday, June 16, 2020

A Warren County man will spend five months in the Warren County Jail after his conviction Monday in County Court on a charge of aggravated animal cruelty.

County Judge Marcie Southerland sentenced Walter Stewart after a hearing on the charge.

According to Warren County Sheriff’s Office reports, the charge involved a May 25 argument between Stewart and a woman at a home on Berryman Road in which he took the woman’s pit bull mix puppy and slammed it on the hood of her car as hard as he could.

Email newsletter signup

Sign up for The Vicksburg Post's free newsletters

Check which newsletters you would like to receive
  • Vicksburg News: Sent daily at 5 am
  • Vicksburg Sports: Sent daily at 10 am
  • Vicksburg Living: Sent on 15th of each month

A third party took a video of the incident and showed it to deputies responding to the disturbance call. After seeing the video, the deputies charged Stewart with aggravated animal cruelty and domestic violence.

Pace said the dog did not suffer any life-threatening injuries.

Stewart’s bond was set at $4,000, but the Mississippi Department of Corrections placed a hold on him for probation violation and he remained in jail.

“I’m proud to see Judge Southerland and the court take the charge seriously,” Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

email author More by John