Metro-East Man Jailed For Animal Cruelty Arrest

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – A Belleville man is accused of stabbing and choking a year-old pit bull mix dog to death.

Belleville police say 55-year-old Craig Smith Sr. is charged with a felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals.

Smith’s bond is set at $75,000.

Officers found the dog Wednesday morning with a plastic bag around its neck and several puncture wounds, likely caused by a box cutter.

Police will only say that Smith was familiar with the animal.

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