Former animal shelter worker convicted of cruelty - WKRN News 2

Former animal shelter worker convicted of cruelty

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A former worker at the Memphis Animal Shelter has been found guilty of cruelty.

The Commercial Appeal reported that a jury convicted Billy Stewart on four counts of aggravated cruelty and one misdemeanor charge of cruelty on Friday.

Stewart testified Thursday, telling jurors he never choked dogs into unconsciousness or choked any animal at the shelter.

The 29-year-old Stewart rebutted testimony by a Memphis police officer who went undercover as a shelter worker. The officer testified that when Stewart led dogs into a room to be euthanized, he sometimes choked them into unconsciousness by tightening the noose at the end of a catch pole.

Two other shelter employees pleaded guilty to cruelty charges and were given short jail sentences. One of the former workers testified against Stewart.

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