Natchez man accused of stealing at least 10 dogs
NATCHEZ, Miss. (KNOE) - Authorities say a man is accused of stealing at least 10 dogs in Mississippi.
According to the Associated Press, Natchez Police Chief Walter Armstrong told the Natchez Democrat that 37-year-old Charoyd Henrence Bell is charged with larceny in connection with the dognapping that happened last month. Some of the dogs have been returned to their rightful owner.
KNOE has discovered that this arrest is just the latest in a series of incidents for Bell involving the alleged abuse of dogs.
In March of 2016, Bell was charged with animal cruelty after the pictures above were posted to Facebook. The photo sparked outrage online and led Natchez police to investigate the matter. Despite the photo many say suggested being evidence of dog fighting, police said no signs of dogfighting were found at Bell's home and his three dogs appeared to be in good condition.
In May of 2017, Charoyd Bell was arrested again. As KNOE reported in May, a tip led authorities to a home at 507 Lasalle St. in Natchez where they say they found Bell abusing pit bulls. Another person, Georgia Chapman, was also arrested in connection with the incident. At the site, police say they found 14 dogs which showed signs of abuse.
A blog entitled Four legged friends (and enemies) collected pictures taken from the May 2017, incident. You can view them by going to their site, but we must warn you that the pictures are graphic.
It is unclear at this time what will come of Bell's 2016 and 2017 charges.