Fort Worth mail carrier faces animal cruelty count

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Associated Press

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 20 at 12:03 PM

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A North Texas mail carrier has turned himself in to face an animal cruelty charge after a pet dog on his route was injured and had to be euthanized.

Fort Worth police say 48-year-old Ricky Eugene Jackson surrendered Thursday and was freed on $3,500 bond. The warrant was issued Tuesday over the May 17 incident involving a Yorkshire terrier named Maxwell.

Owner Lawrence Brown has said his pet apparently wandered across the street, he heard the dog howling and he believes the mail carrier hit the dog with a rock.

Jackson could not immediately be reached for comment Friday at a publicly listed phone number.

An official with the U.S. Postal Service said Friday that Jackson remains on paid administrative leave.

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