HED:Defendant pleads guilty to animal cruelty
PONTOTOC – Rose Cranford pleaded guilty to 14 counts of animal cruelty in Pontotoc County Justice Court on Thursday.
The charges involved the mistreatment and neglect that resulted in the death of seven dogs and two cocks, as well as several other animals that survived the neglect and mistreatment.
Judge Nancy Daniels sentenced Cranford, of 1940 Benjamin Road, Thaxton, to six months in jail and a $1,400 fine. Both elements of the sentence were suspended on the condition that Cranford complete a treatment program.
Cranford’s estranged husband, Clarence, was sought on the same charges. He has eluded law enforcement officials.
In Defense of Animals, a California-based animal advocacy group with offices in Grenada, has been involved in the case since August 1997, when officials found “three emaciated horses,” according to Doll Stanley-Branscum of IDA.
“I hope they throw the book at Clarence Cranford when he’s found,” said Rita Dugger of IDA.