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Update: Animal cruelty charge set aside

Update: Animal cruelty charge set aside

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BRANDON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Jonathan Granger didn't answer our questions outside Rankin County Justice Court Wednesday. He faced Judge Ken Fairly on Simple Animal Cruelty charges resulting from video sent in by his neighbor last month.

In the video, Granger is seen hitting the mixed-breed puppy named Rocko after the dog tore up a cushion. After the video went viral, Rocko was promptly seized by Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey.

We learned in court Wednesday that Granger never contested the seizure of the dog, so by law he forfeited the animal.
Because of that, Judge Fairly remanded the Simple Cruelty charge against Granger, a charge pressed by the neighbor, who also appeared in court.

Granger's attorney, John Colette, tells us that means no conviction.

"Should this client do something again, they could call this back up within a certain period of time," said Colette. "I think that was the proper resolution. The statute is not really written to cover the conduct that everybody saw."
Granger will also have to receive counseling. It was suggested in court that he receive counseling at UMMC, where his father is a physician.

Prosecutors requested that Granger be forbidden to own another dog for the next few years, but that request won't be a condition of the judgment. Colette argued it would be too hard to enforce.

Rocko was not harmed as a result of the incident seen on video. The dog is still in the custody of the County, and he will be adopted out. 

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