Pell City man indicted for felony animal cruelty
by David Atchison
Aug 19, 2010 | 1820 views |  2 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Pell City man was indicted for felony animal cruelty after he allegedly connected a chain around a dog’s neck and dragged it behind his pickup truck.

St. Clair County District Attorney Richard Minor said Joe Lewis Pryor, 74, 412 Whitesville Road, was indicted by a Southern Division grand jury that convened earlier this month.

Minor said Pryor, who was released shortly after his arrest in February on a $2,500 bond, was indicted by the grand jury for first-degree cruelty to a dog or cat.

Minor said the charge is a Class C felony and if convicted, Pryor could face one year and one day or up to 10 years in prison.

According to an incident/offense report filed with the Pell City Police Department, Pryor allegedly told authorities he dragged the dog behind his truck to stop it from chasing cars.

The dog survived its injuries, according to police reports.

Pryor is expected to appear in court Sept. 23, for his arraignment before Circuit Court Judge Charles Robinson.

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