The alleged abuse of a puppy by a man in Fouke, Ark., has resulted in an arrest for misdemeanor animal cruelty.
Jedediah Stonestreet, 36, was arrested Saturday evening. He made a $2,500 bond and was released the same evening. MCSO Chief Deputy Mike McQuerrey said the investigation into the alleged puppy abuse is ongoing and that the charges against Stonestreet could change as additional information is acquired which sheds light on the puppy’s life with Stonestreet.
McQuerrey said his office is working to determine as well whether the puppy can and should be seized from Stonestreet under Arkansas law. McQuerrey said investigators have received reports the puppy may have been thrown, kicked or punched and suffered a leg injury and that MCSO is investigating whether the puppy was left chained in the sun with no access to a shady area.
The Office of the Prosecuting Attorney will determine whether Stonestreet will face misdemeanor or felony animal cruelty charges once the investigation is complete and a case file has been submitted to prosecutors from MCSO detailing the findings.
According to McQuerrey, Stonestreet has voluntarily given the dog to a foster home until the matter has been settled in court.