Social media prompts animal abuse investigation

Social media prompts animal abuse investigation

KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - A recent social media post prompted an animal abuse and neglect investigation in Kennett.

Someone shared a picture on Facebook to the Kennett Police Department and Kennett Humane Department stating his neighbors were abusing their dogs.

Police made three separate visits to the house before charging the owners with animal abuse and neglect, according to the police report.

During the first two visits, officers observed dogs that were skinny and one with mange, but no apparent signs of physical abuse.

Police made a third visit to the home after a witness gave an official statement to the police about observing the animal abuse.

The report states dog owner Crystal Wright allowed Animal Control officer Tena Petix to observe her dogs.

According to the report, officers observed an injured pit bull suffering from mange, three pit bull terrier puppies with swollen bellies that could be the result of not being de-wormed, and several underweight pit bull terriers.

The report also states some of the dogs appeared to be afraid of Wright.

After the investigation was complete, Officer Petix told Wright she was required to bring three of the dogs to the Veterinarian within 24 hours.

Police charged the two owners, Crystal Wright and Maudrice Daniels, with 10 counts of animal abuse and neglect.

The report has been turned over the city prosecuting attorney's office.

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