Residents Protest Justice for Albert
Biloxi residents are demanding justice for Albert, the dog that was allegedly abused in Biloxi.
A court date is set for the Gulfport man accused of beating a dog inside his truck after a Facebook video allegedly showing the incident went viral.
Gulfport resident Billy Swain claims he was beating on the car seat in the video that was turned into police by a Biloxi resident. The dog’s condition was investigated by officers and Swain still has legal possession of Albert.
A group of Biloxi residents went to the City Council meeting to protest the situation. They tell News 25 they want to see Albert the dog removed from Swain because an 11-year-old reportedly witnessed the incident. Biloxi resident Sabine Ladner said, “The dog has not yet been examined by a vet. Albert may need medical treatment. He may be suffering, but regardless, Albert is a victim of abuse. Albert is a victim of abuse! Based on an eyewitness testimony, that is probable cause, enough to issue a warrant and make an arrest.”
Biloxi police tell News 25 there’s not enough evidence to legally prove Swain actually beat the dog instead of the seat.
Swain is facing a misdemeanor charge for animal cruelty and is set to appear in court February 6th.