April 16, 2019  |  02:35 pm

A Mandeville-area man is facing an animal cruelty charge after he beat and stabbed a neighborhood dog.

At approximately 5:45 p.m. Sunday (April 14), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence on America Street near Mandeville in reference to a man beating a dog.

Deputies learned that a boy was out selling candy in the neighborhood when a small dog that was properly restrained on a porch at the residence on America Street bit him, causing a minor injury. 

After being bitten, the boy told a relative, Matthew Forstall (DOB 3/24/1990) of Mandeville, about the incident. 

Forstall then went to the residence and beat and stabbed the dog with a fishing gaff, causing serious injuries to the dog. 

Forstall was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail Sunday evening on one count of L.R.S. 14:102.1B Aggravated Cruelty to Animals.