Former Memphis Pound Employee Facing Additional Cruelty Charges
March 13, 2013
One of the three former MAS employees charged with animal cruelty in conjunction with an undercover police investigation one year ago now faces additional charges stemming from the same investigation. Prosecutors recently charged Billy Stewart with an additional five counts of cruelty bringing his total to nine counts when he goes to trial. The five added counts are apparently related to five additional pets the undercover police officer allegedly observed Mr. Stewart torturing in the pound’s kill room. Mr. Stewart has previously claimed his innocence:
According to court records, Stewart denied doing anything wrong, saying, “They are trying to put these charges on me because they want me to get fired a long time ago but because I’m in the union it was hard for the mayor and the city to get rid of me.”
He added he was “set up by an undercover officer” and “they didn’t like me because I was a hard worker and on time.”
Punctuality and a strong work ethic or choking pets unconscious in the kill room? It’s up to a jury to sort it out now. I hope the prosecutor’s case is well prepared and justice is served.