Region 8 woman charged with animal cruelty

Photo Courtesy Baxter County Sheriff's Office
Photo Courtesy Baxter County Sheriff's Office

MOUNTAIN HOME, AR (KAIT) - Multiple misdemeanor charges of Cruelty to Animals have been filed against a rural Mountain Home woman.

According to police reports, Sheriff's Corporal Michael Holland responded to the home of Jeannine M. Matticks, 47, of Mountain Home on July 5 when a neighbor asked the Baxter County Sheriff's Department to check the welfare of animals there.

Five dogs were outside with no food or water and more dogs were found inside the home. In the following days, no food or water was left out for them. Matticks was cited for nine misdemeanor counts of Cruelty to animals.

More complaints of animal neglect came in on Aug 1. Sheriff's Deputy Aaron Brown responded and found the animals in the same condition. Matticks was placed under arrest for fourteen additional counts of Cruelty to Animals and was taken to the Baxter County Detention Center.

All of the dogs were seized and handed over to Baxter County Animal Control. After learning that none of the dogs had been given the required rabies vaccination, Matticks was additionally charged with fourteen counts of failure to vaccinate for rabies.

Matticks was released from custody after posting bail. She will appear in Baxter County District Court on August 19 on the newest charges.

A total of fourteen dogs were seized and are receiving veterinarian care.

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