Ascension man gets five years in prison for beating dog to death

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GONZALES, La. (WGNO) – A Prairieville man was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for beating a dog to death in June 2014.

According to the 23rd District Attorney’s Office, a jury found Jamari Jackson, 33, guilty in July of brutally beating a dog.

Deputies in Ascension Parish were called to Merrit Evans Road in Prairieville more than two years ago about an animal cruelty complaint. When they got there, witnesses told them about a gruesome scene, and deputies saw for themselves a lifeless and bloodied dog. They could hear the dog whimpering and struggling to breathe.

Witnesses said Jackson beat the dog repeatedly with a baseball bat.

Jackson told deputies that the dog had gotten stuck in a barbed wire fence, but deputies were able to find the bat inside Jackson’s home.

He was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail for aggravated cruelty to animals.

Two days later, the dog died.