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Man Accused Of Torturing Dog To Death With Medication, Plastic Bag, And A Sledgehammer

Published: January 11, 2022 at 06:11 PM Author: Penny Eims

Chattanooga, TN – A Tennessee man is accused of killing his own dog in a ghastly manner. The police charged 41-year-old Michael Justin Wall, of 9404 Seasons Dr., with aggravated animal cruelty after he gave his dog Tylenol PM, attempted to suffocate his pet with a plastic bag, and finally, bludgeoned the dog to death with a sledgehammer earlier this month.

In the early morning hours of January 4, neighbors contacted the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office after hearing what they believed were “muffled gunshots,” coming from Wall’s residence. Responding deputies found a dog in a pool of blood on Wall’s back deck, next to a plastic bag and a bloodied sledgehammer.

When deputies questioned Wall, he admitted that he had tried to kill his dog because it was having seizures. He explained that he first tried the Tylenol, but when that did not work, he tried using a plastic bag to suffocate his pet. After that method also failed, he used a sledgehammer to repeatedly bludgeon the dog.

Deputies arrested Wall and took him to the Silverdale Detention Center on a charge of aggravated animal cruelty.

Wall’s dog did not die peacefully. By Michael Wall’s own admission, the dog was poisoned, suffocated, and bludgeoned before finally dying. It is heartbreaking to know that Wall’s dog suffered horribly, at the hands of the person who should have protected him from harm.

Please add your name to the petition today. Your signatures (and comments) will be sent to Neal Pinkston, District Attorney General of Hamilton County, TN.

Note: Individuals are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law. Animal Victory relies upon the authorities and the court system to determine guilt or innocence.

We the undersigned demand that Wall be given the longest sentence possible for his charge, in addition to being prohibited from owning animals in the future.



The Chatanoogan


Update 5/11/2023: Court is scheduled for 5/25/23 with Judge Barry A. Steelman in Division 1

Update 3/6/2023: Animal Victory sent cover letter and petition to the judge.

Update 1/27/2023: Court has been pushed to 03/09/2023.

Update 8/28/2022: We are still waiting for the grand jury date. 

Update 4/7/2022: The next court date is May 5, 2022.

Update: Case Number 1862452, Defendant: WALL, MICHAEL JUSTIN, Charge: AGGRAVATED CRUELTY TO ANIMALS. Next Court Date: 3/7/2022 at 8:30 a.m. before Judge Gary Starnes

On January 26, 2022, Animal Victory sent 19,431 signatures to Neal Pinkston, District Attorney General of Hamilton County.

Man Accused Of Torturing Dog To Death With Medication, Plastic Bag, And A Sledgehammer

24,034 signatures = 120% of goal


24,034 Davina Gochenouer This made me sick to my stomach. Hopefully he will get a long jail term, and maybe run into an animal lover in jail that will give him what he deserves. This man should not be in society. Oct 01, 2023
24,033 Sherrie Darce Sep 30, 2023
24,032 Sally Wood Love to teach this one what i could do to him with a sledgehamner and a plastic bag. He would never feel the same! Lol Sep 24, 2023
24,031 karen Wible Sep 20, 2023
24,030 Beverley Durant Another demon.....we are overwhelmed by them. Examples need to be set, we will not tolerate this evil.death penalty Sep 10, 2023
24,029Anonymous Aug 28, 2023
24,028 E Froederberg Aug 17, 2023
24,027 Sheryl Myhan Aug 14, 2023
24,026 Therese Fromaigeat Aug 01, 2023
24,025 Linda DeBoer Jul 25, 2023
24,024 Dr Tracey Reed B.V.M.S. Jul 24, 2023
24,023 Crissy Jacobson Jul 17, 2023
24,022 Jason Cuevas Jul 16, 2023
24,021 Deborah Smith Jul 14, 2023
24,020 Kim Marchant Straight to jail for life Jul 13, 2023
24,019 Gina Badami Jul 08, 2023
24,018 Nina Williams This WASTE OF DNA should get the exact treatment he gave his dog. Jul 03, 2023
24,017 bec marant Jun 26, 2023
24,016 Nancy Stephan Ancy Jun 23, 2023
24,015 Vera Krasnovskaya Jun 17, 2023
24,014 Quade Prescott Jun 04, 2023
24,013 Julia Dark Jun 03, 2023
24,012 Lisa Haut Jun 02, 2023
24,011 Shelia Shrum May 24, 2023
24,010 Melissa Brown May 17, 2023
24,009 rhonda morris May 16, 2023
24,008 Kristofor Bloomquist May 16, 2023
24,007 Krista Sanders May 01, 2023
24,006 Kathy Hamilton May 01, 2023
24,005 Denise Dixon Apr 30, 2023