Bono woman pleads guilty to animal cruelty

Heidi Millspaugh (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office)
Heidi Millspaugh (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office)

BONO, AR  (KAIT) – A Bono woman will not spend any more time in jail on charges of animal cruelty after a judge gave her a suspended sentence, according to Jonesboro District Court.

District Court Judge Keith Blackman sentenced Heidi Millspaugh, 33, of Bono to 30 days in county jail, but suspended that sentence. Millspaugh was also fined $4,680 in court costs and fines on 11 counts of no rabies tags and 10 counts of cruelty to animals. She was also ordered to take a life skills class and an animal care class.

Millspaugh plead guilty on Monday.

According to Bono Police Chief Chris Patrick, Millspaugh was arrested after officers found nearly 30 dogs caged inside her home. Many of the dogs, according to Northeast Arkansans for Animals, were living in poor conditions. The hair on some dogs was matted with urine and feces, according to Wannda Turner with NAFA.

Blackman ordered Millspaugh to turn over all but two of the animals seized late last week. Turner will lead the animal care class.

Patrick said Millspaugh also faces charges of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a minor. He said she attempted to run over officers while they were investigating the cruelty to animals claim.

Millspaugh will appear in Craighead County Circuit Court on July 31, 2014.

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