WASHINGTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - After a photo was posted on social media of a dead dog outraged people everywhere, the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office reports the man accused of shooting the dog is now in custody.
Deputies say Todd Hammond, of Tylertown, MS, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. Hammond was also issued a hunting violation for hunting without a license by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
During the investigation, detectives learned the shooting happened in Clifton, LA.
Deputies say Hammond cooperated in the investigation and made full admissions to hunting in Louisiana without a license and also to shooting a dog that was on his food plot.
"The abuse of animals is not to be taken lightly. The Sheriff's office takes animal cruelty seriously, and anybody who witnesses behavior like this should contact the Sheriff's office," said Sheriff Randy Seal.
Sheriff Seal continued, "Any person with knowledge of any crime is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at (985) 839-3434 and report what they know. The partnership between our office and our residents is an important tool in solving crime in our parish."
"The citizen tips were valuable in quickly solving this crime and making the arrests," said Sheriff Randy Seal.
"I can't over-emphasize the importance of citizens calling the Sheriff's Office and reporting information about any crime. Once we received the information, our deputies went to the residence and made the arrests. Although it was raining hard, they pursued the suspects into the woods and apprehended them. I appreciate all that they do for Washington Parish and am grateful to the citizens who identified Mizell and Linton."