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Hayti man pleads guilty to animal abuse charges

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Arabella (Source: CHS-PAWS) Arabella (Source: CHS-PAWS)
Liberty (Source: CHS-PAWS) Liberty (Source: CHS-PAWS)

A Hayti, Missouri man has pleaded guilty to two counts of animal abuse in front of Judge Keith Currie on Tuesday, August 23.

The plea of guilty comes after Hayti Police and Animal Control removed three dogs from the care of Brian D. Garner. Garner was subsequently arrested and charged with two counts of animal abuse (class A felony) in Pemiscot County, Missouri.

Hayti police initially responded to a call and found several pitbulls, two of which needed immediate medical attention. This was not the first time Garner had been charged. He was convicted in Hayti Municipal Court two years ago on animal abuse concerning a pit bull the shelter named Skelly.

Two of the pit bulls were placed in the care of Caruthersville Humane Society in Hayti and the third was humanely euthanized.

“Arabella (one of the pit bulls) had severe wounds consistent with being dragged over a hard surface,” CHS President Karol Wilcox said, “Her back paws were ground down to the bone and left untreated so she had a serious infection."

Both pit bulls were malnourished and had other medical conditions that needed immediate treatment.

Garner was sentenced to one year in the Pemiscot County Jail. That sentence was suspended, although he was still ordered to serve 48 hours. He was also placed on two years unsupervised probation and ordered not to “own or possess a dog” during that time.

“We are very familiar with this man,” Wilcox said, “We had a neglect case on another pit bull two years ago that he was convicted on in Hayti Municipal Court.  We are happy the conviction is through the state court system this time and hope that it sends a message that animal abuse will not be tolerated in Pemiscot County.”

Wilcox credits Hayti Police with working the case and Hayti Animal Control for responding.

“We take animal abuse very seriously,” Hayti Chief of Police Paul Sheckell said, “We are committed to working these cases and presenting this for aggressive prosecution.”

Both pit bulls, Arabella and Liberty, have doubled their weight and have been brought back to health.

“We have had them since the first of June and they have done very well,”  Wilcox said, “We are happy this part is over and they can move on to their future lives.”

For more information on Arabella and Liberty you can contact the shelter at (573) 359-0113.

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