Couple sentenced for animal cruelty

By The Associated Press

HORN LAKE — A Horn Lake couple is under house arrest for 30 days after they were convicted of animal cruelty charges that involved the deaths of an adult dog and three puppies.

Sabrina LaShell Bell and Jerry Bell also spent two days in jail for their conviction involving an emaciated Rottweiler that was eventually put down.

Authorities tell The Commercial Appeal that an animal control officer first issued warning to the Bells. About a month later, officers returned to the Bell home, where the owner refused to allow officers access to her backyard. Police were called to help remove the dogs.

The Bells cannot own any animals for a year and only with approval of the animal shelter. The Bells were each ordered to pay $1,249 in fines and court costs.