Ripley police officer resigns after animal neglect charge filed

By Hank Wiesner/Southern Sentinel

RIPLEY – A Ripley police officer and his wife were charged with misdemeanor animal neglect Wednesday after Tippah authorities found two of the couple’s horses starving in a pasture.

One of the two horses was unable to get up, and was later euthanized by a veterinarian.

Eric Bibb and his wife Natalie, both in their early 30s, of Blue Mountain, are each free on $2,500 bond. Bibb resigned from the police department Thursday.

The second horse is now being taken care of by another individual and is expected to make a full recovery, sources said. The pasture owner faces no charges in the case.