Two women were fined and ordered by a judge to pay restitution on animal cruelty charges.
By Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
RIPLEY – Two women facing misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty and neglect were found guilty in Ripley Municipal Court on Thursday.
Nellie Bracken and her daughter, Margaret Payne, each were fined $308.50 and will jointly pay restitution to the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society in the amount of $1,876.
The two women were charged after Ripley police responded to a call on Jan. 14 to check on two dogs left in a van on the side of Pocahontas Road for several days.
When Officer Ramon Rangel and Investigator Ken Walker went to investigate they found a total of 14 dogs and a cat that had apparently been abandoned, they both testified.
Conditions at two trailers on the property, 211A and 211B Pocahontas Road, included no running water or electricity and fecal matter throughout both trailers and inside the van.
The animals had no food or water and were very thin, the officers said, and presented photos of the conditions they found.
Both women had pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Bracken told the judge that she did, in fact, live in the second trailer on the property, but her daughter did not live there.
“We gave the dogs food and water every day,” Bracken said. “I’m sick, and a lot of times my daughter would pick me up to spend the night at her house, but we’d come back the next morning to take care of the animals.”
The animals were picked up by the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, at the request of the Ripley Police Department, to be treated and cleaned up.
One of the dogs that was suffering physical distress when the humane society workers arrived, died after being placed in the transport vehicle. The agency was awarded custody of the animals during a February hearing to offer them for adoption.
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