Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael Carr has elected not to file criminal charges for animal cruelty in the case of a Shih Tzu named Wyatt by St. Francis Community Animal Rescue and Education, according to a report obtained by St. Francis.
Carr’s Jan. 24 report reads, “This was an unfortunate situation which ended up with the injured animal receiving the treatment needed to insure its health.”
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The purported suspect is 7 years old and was known to attempt to braid the hair of household dogs with rubber bands. The report further states this was not a malicious act, but the act of a child who was not capable of understanding the results. The family surrendered the Shih Tzu and two other dogs when they realized the Shih Tzu needed treatment they could not afford.
The report closes by saying this was not a deliberate criminal act of animal cruelty perpetrated by a 7-year-old child or anyone else in the household. No charges will be filed.
— The Southern