Pell City man sentenced in felony animal cruelty case
by Elsie Hodnett
May 27, 2011 | 1643 views |  0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Pell City man was sentenced to jail time and probation after pleading guilty to one count of animal cruelty Thursday.

St. Clair County Assistant District Attorney Gwendolyn Connelly said Joe Lewis Pryor, 75, of Pell City pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree cruelty to animals, a felony.

“This is one of the worst animal cruelty cases I’ve ever seen,” Connelly said.

According to the indictment, Pryor “did intentionally torture a dog by dragging it behind a truck.”

Connelly said in February 2010, Pryor drug his beagle, Trooper, behind his truck.

“A witness saw it and called the police,” she said. “Animal control went out and discovered a trail of blood that led from his truck on the road back to his house. The dog was tied to the truck when they stopped him.”

Connelly said the beagle was treated by a veterinarian and lived for 12 days before he had to be humanely euthanized due to severe injuries from the incident.

She said Presiding Circuit Court Judge Charles Robinson sentenced Pryor to three years, split to serve 30 days in jail and probation for three years. Pryor was also ordered to pay $600 restitution to the Animal Shelter of Pell City Inc. for veterinarian fees incurred for the dog’s treatment.

“The District Attorney’s Office is sending a message that animal cruelty will not be tolerated,” she said.

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