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Jackson man charged with killing mother’s dog

November 29, 2016 GMT

A Jackson man was arrested on animal cruelty charges Sunday by the Jackson Police Department after the man’s mother reported her son killed her dog.

Marc Anthony Cantrell, 18, of the 200 block of Third Street in Jackson, is charged with one count of ill treatment of animals in general, torture, according to jail records.

A Jackson police officer was called to the family home on Saturday regarding a disturbance between Cantrell and his mother. When police arrived, Cantrell’s mother told police her son admitted to strangling and stabbing her dog to death after she pressed him on where her dog was, according to a police report.

As the officer approached Cantrell, the officer reported Cantrell tensed up and started to stare down the officer, while also showing signs of aggression by opening and closing his hands repeatedly.

The officer warned Cantrell he would use a Taser if he did not comply, and Cantrell dropped to his knees and was arrested without incident, police reported.

The officer reported Cantrell several times said it “felt good to kill the dogs” and it made things “feel right.”

A voluntary statement written and signed by Cantrell’s mother said on Nov. 26 she came home and found her dog missing, and when she asked her son what happened, he said he didn’t know.

“When I pressed him about it, he admitted to killing my dog,” she wrote. “He also told me that he killed 2 other dogs and a cat in the past 3 months. I asked him why and he couldn’t give me an answer except that it felt good and made everything right.”

Cantrell was taken to the Aiken County detention center, where on the way he started to hum and smile at the officer, the report said.

The officer requested the jail perform a mental evaluation of Cantrell as part of his bond arrangement, police reported.

As of Tuesday morning, a bond had not been set for Cantrell’s release and he remained inside the Aiken County jail.