A man was charged early Friday morning with animal cruelty after he allegedly beat a 3-month-old pit bull puppy with a metal rod.
The incident happened at an apartment on Forest Avenue in Macon about 2 a.m., according to a Bibb County Sheriffs Office incident report.
A 26-year-old man, the owner of the puppy named Sherman, called authorities and told them his uncle, Johnny Jackson, 47, arrived at the apartment and found the untrained puppy had used the bathroom on the floor.
Shermans owner left the room to get a rag and returned to find Jackson beating the puppy with a metal rod and kicking it in the head.
In the report, a deputy described the puppy as bleeding from the eyes and nose, with a disfigured face that showed an impression shaped like the metal rod.
Jackson told deputies he stepped in dog feces and tried to grab the puppy, but it snapped at him so he kicked it, the report said.
Reached by phone, the owner said Jackson had been released from jail on previous charges Thursday and had just returned home when the incident with the puppy happened. Friday night, Jackson was in the Bibb County jail on animal cruelty and marijuana charges with a bond of $2,525, according to online jail information.
The owner said Sherman went missing after deputies left the scene and was still missing as of Friday night.
Investigator Linda Howard, public affairs officer for the Bibb County Sheriffs Office, said Friday that deputies had instructed the owner to take the dog to a 24-hour emergency veterinarian. Howard said deputies will be following up Saturday to investigate Shermans whereabouts.
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