Posted: Feb 22, 2013 3:47 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Feb 22, 2013 3:47 PM
SLIDELL - Police accused a Slidell pet salon owner Friday of slamming and choking dogs in her care in order to discipline them.
Slidell Police arrested Christina Stewart, 42, in suspicion of aggravated cruelty to animals after a joint investigation with the city's police and animal control divisions.
Investigators said two employees at "A Jazzy Dog" pet salon told them Stewart would frequently slam dogs into the grooming tables and choke them with their leashes. They said Stewart once hung a dog from its leash for so long it started to go into seizures.
Police said another witness told them Stewart did the same thing while they were applying for a job at the salon. She said Stewart started slamming the dog she tried to groom into the table multiple times and slapped another dog off a nearby table, causing it to hang from its leash for at least twenty seconds. The witness said they tried to intervene, but Stewart pushed them back and said she would handle it.
Detectives questioned Stewart about the incidents, and said she only told them she would discipline animals which refused to listen. She denied abusing any of the animals in her care.
Police asked anyone who suspects their pets were abused by Stewart to call them at (985) 646-4347. They said Stewart's case is still under investigation, and more charges could be filed at a later date.
IMAGE: Slidell Police