A Hazlehurst man has been arrested for allegedly poisoning family pets in Flowood.
John Colter Pyron, of Hazlehurst, was arrested on Wednesday near Layfair Drive for animal cruelty, possession of schedule III controlled substance and suspicion of poisoning animals.
The arrest comes following a 2 week investigation that began after receiving several complaints from residents of a local apartment complex that found family pets dead near the apartments for no apparent reason.
Several tips, lead to a search warrant of an apartment where 28-year-old Pyron was living that revealed various items of evidence used in the crime.
Flowood Police say that they know of at least 4 domestic cats and several wildlife that were poisoned.
In each of the findings, cans of tuna were discovered that also contained a foreign substance believed to be a form of poison.
Flowood Police are working with the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce to determine the exact cause of the deaths and verification of the poison.
If convicted, Pyron faces up to 3 years and a $500 fine, however if laboratory results determine the substance used was a pesticide, Pyron could face up to 20 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.
He was transported to the Rankin County Jail where he was later released on a $20,000 bond.
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