Man arrested in puppy’s death is charged with animal cruelty

A 28-year-old man arrested on suspicion of beating a pit bull puppy to death with a baseball bat has been charged with cruelty to animals in Sedgwick County District Court.

Dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit, Brian A. Jackson appeared in court Thursday afternoon via a video broadcast to hear a formal reading of the charge. Judge Warren Wilbert set his bond at $25,000.

Jackson faces a preliminary hearing on Sept. 5. He has requested a court-appointed attorney.

Officers discovered the dog dead late Monday after police were called to investigate a possible burglary at a duplex in the 2600 block of East Elm, which is north of Central and west of I-135. The woman who called 911 also said her neighbor may have killed a puppy with a baseball bat. Officers found a bat at the scene.

Booking records show Jackson is a tenant of the duplex, but he listed a Topeka address on a financial affidavit filed Thursday with the court. He also indicated he was recently unemployed after working for a Wichita staffing services company.