Man in jail for dog theft

Published 12:10 am Wednesday, August 23, 2017

NATCHEZ — Police arrested a man Tuesday who allegedly stole at least 10 dogs, some of which have been recovered by their rightful owner.

Natchez Police Chief Walter Armstrong confirmed that Charoyd Henrence Bell, 37, 7 McCabe St., was arrested in connection with the dognapping, which allegedly occurred approximately a month ago. Bell was booked at 10:49 a.m., charged with larceny, and as of Tuesday afternoon was being held at the Natchez City Jail on a $25,000 bond.

Bell has been arrested for dog-related offenses before. He was arrested in March 2016 for felony cruelty to animals, after online photos surfaced of Bell holding puppies by the scruff of their neck, the skin of their back and upside down by their tail.

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Two months later, police arrested Bell after receiving an anonymous tip of dog-fighting activity. Bell was charged again with cruelty to animals (dog fighting).

Armstrong said the matter is being investigated and he urged anyone with information to call the Natchez Police Department.

Clarence Hardin, whose two full-grown and seven pit bull puppies Bell had allegedly stolen, said he received a tip that someone had found his dogs at Bell’s cousin’s house in Ferriday.

Hardin said he went to the residence and recovered five of his dogs, along with another dog that was allegedly stolen from a Natchez woman.

Hardin said he had no connection to Bell.

“He’s just a dog thief,” Hardin said.

Armstrong said a charge is pending for a second suspect who may have been involved in the thefts. Armstrong said more details would likely be released today.