PRAIRIEVILLE, LA (WAFB) - Back on June 16, 2014, a man and a woman were arrested on charges of animal cruelty after witness reports said they hosed down a dog and continuously beat it with a baseball bat. The dog was taken to an area animal hospital, where it later died as a result of its injuries.
A witness said she saw an individual, who she was able to positively identify as Jamari Jackson, 33, beating a dog with a baseball bat. Deputies and witnesses described the dog as lifeless and "full of blood." Deputies were able to hear the dog whimpering and struggling to breathe. At that time, Jackson advised deputies that the dog had gotten stuck in a barbed wire fence.
On July 13, 2016, Jackson was found guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals by an Ascension Parish jury. During the trial, Jackson said that after finding the dog stuck in a barbed wire fence, he used the baseball bat to knock her unconscious so she would be relaxed. Three doctors, classified as experts in Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Pathology, testified that the dog died of injuries caused by blunt force trauma, not a barbed wire fence.
Jackson appeared in court on Monday, September 12, 2016 and was ordered to be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for five years at hard labor with credit for time served.