STPSO: Mandeville man facing animal cruelty charges after beating, stabbing dog

STPSO: Mandeville man facing animal cruelty charges after beating, stabbing dog
Matthew Forstall, 29, is facing animal cruelty charges after investigators say he beat and stabbed a dog in Mandeville.

MANDEVILLE, La. (WVUE) - A Mandeville man was arrested after investigators said he stabbed and beat a neighborhood dog that bit a child Sunday (April 14), according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office.

Matthew Forstall, 29, is now facing one animal cruelty charge in connection with the incident, STSPO said Tuesday.

According to STPSO, the boy was selling candy in the neighborhood when a small dog that was “properly restrained” on the porch of a home on America Street bit him. The child sustained “a minor injury” and told Forstall -- who is related to the boy -- what happened.

Investigators said Forstall then went to the America Street home and attacked the dog, beating him and stabbing him with a fishing gaff. The dog was seriously injured during the attack, STPSO said.

Forstall was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail Sunday evening on one count of aggravated cruelty to animals. Online jail records show Forstall was released from custody the following day on a $7,500 bond.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the dog was reported to be in “serious, possibly grave condition," according to a STPSO spokeswoman.

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