Mississippi man arrested for animal cruelty

Published 10:46 am Friday, January 15, 2016

A Mississippi man was arrested earlier this week on charges of animal cruelty.

This investigation started as a result of a Facebook post where Todd Hammond, of Tylertown, Miss., posted a picture of a dead dog with comments, according to officials with the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office. Hammond was then contacted by detectives from the Criminal Investigations Unit of the WPSO. During the course of the investigation it was determined that the incident occurred in Clifton, part of rural Washington Parish.

On Thursday, Hammond was arrested at the Washington Parish Sheriff Office for the charge of aggravated animal cruelty. He was also issued a hunting violation for hunting without a license, by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

WPSO officials said that 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. Hammond was remorseful for his actions. The owner of the dog has not been located.

“The abuse of animals is not to be taken lightly,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “The Sheriff’s Office takes animal cruelty seriously, and anybody who witnesses behavior like this should contact the Sheriff’s Office.

“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.”