Jonesboro police investigating animal cruelty after dead chickens, rabbit found

Jonesboro police investigating animal cruelty after dead chickens, rabbit found

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police are investigating an animal cruelty case after neighbors found the remains after several animals in trash bags behind a home.

An officer was called out to Fielder Street Saturday in reference to multiple animal bones and remains being found at a house.

Two teenage girls told the police that they were friends with two girls who lived at the house.

They had been told the girls were going on vacation, but they never returned.

The teens said the family living there had many animals including a pig, several rabbits, chickens, three dogs and a cat.

The neighbors told police the homeowners said all of the animals were sold except the cat.

They tried to check on the cat but couldn't find it and said there was a terrible smell around the house.

The teens went to look in the backyard.

According to the police report, they saw animal bones on the ground in front of a wheel barrow.

Inside the wheel barrow was five garbage bags that all contained several dead chickens.

The neighbors said two girls lived at the home with their mother and her boyfriend and that nobody had been seen at the house since the beginning of July.

The report states it appears they left the house quickly with most of their belongings still inside.

Officers also found two cages in the back yard with four evenly spaced ropes with hooks hanging from the top of the cage.

The report states that these types of cages are used for "cock or rooster fighting."

To promote, engage in or be employed at animal fighting is a class D felony.

Several smaller cages were also found. One of them had a dead rabbit inside it.

Police are still investigating this case.

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