Mother, daughter convicted on animal cruelty charges

RIPLEY – A Ripley mother and her daughter were found guilty in Ripley Municipal Court Thursday morning of misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty. The results of the trial of Nellie Bracken and her daughter Margaret Payne, previously of 211A and 211B Pocahontas Road, were as follows: Municipal Judge Kevin Hall fined each woman $308.50. They were ordered to pay a total of $1,876 restitution to the Tupelo-Lee County Humane Society No jail time was assessed. The women had pled innocent to the charges. The trial took about 30 minutes, and was finished before lunch. The women did not have an attorney. City police officers Johnny Cole, Ramon Rangel and Narcotics Investigator Ken Walker testified in the case. Rangel also presented pictures made at the scene. The women were convicted in connection with a January situation, when officers found 14 dogs and a cat being kept without food or water in squalid pens, two trailers and a van at the women’s residence. There was no running water or electricity, and excrement was found inside both trailers and the van. Bracken told the judge she lived in one trailer on the property, but that her daughter didn’t live there. She said she and her daughter gave the animals food and water every day. A seizure hearing was held soon after the animals were found, and custody was awarded to the city. One animal died after being placed in a transport vehicle. The others were then transported to the Tupelo-Lee County Humane Society, where they were to be cleaned up and offered for adoption.

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