Michael Woole, charged with two counts of aggravated animal cruelty, has been found guilty, according to a ruling handed down by Faulkner County Circuit Judge Ed Clawson.
In the court order filed in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Wednesday afternoon, Clawson also denied a defense motion to have physical evidence introduced, by prosecution, during the July 26 bench trial suppressed.
"The Court hereby denies the defense motion to suppress and finds the defendant guilty of two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals," the order states.
Clawson ordered a pre-sentence investigation be completed by Friday, and set a sentencing hearing for Nov. 25.
Woole, 35, was arrested Sept. 4, 2012, after Conway police officers were alerted by one of Woole’s neighbors of the alleged incident.
The neighbor told police he observed Woole hit two dogs over the head repeatedly with a baseball bat. According to the neighbor, when he approached Woole, he stated he was "putting the dogs down."
Woole then loaded the dogs into the back of a truck and left the area.
During a police interview, Woole denied beating the dogs, and claimed he was using a shovel to usher the dogs into another pen, police said.