Police seize 9 dogs in cruelty case, one dog euthanized

Police seize 9 dogs in cruelty case, one dog euthanized

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro police officer cited three people for animal cruelty charges after he found dogs "in bad shape" living in a home "covered in feces".

According to a Jonesboro police report, Brenda Hight, 60, Deloris Hight, 35, and Terrance Miller, 36, were all cited with nine counts of state cruelty to animals and ordered to appear in court in mid-March.

According to Officer Eric Schmett, he was dispatched to the 1200-block of North Patrick for an animal welfare check.

When Schmett entered the home, he reported that he could smell a strong odor of ammonia coming from the apartment.

When inside, he found puppies with severe skin conditions and several of the animals were underweight. He also said he could see the living room "covered" in feces.

"It was impossible to walk in the apartment and not step in feces," Schmett wrote in his narrative.

All nine dogs were taken to a local veterinarian. One of the animals needed to be euthanized and an evaluation was performed on the remaining eight animals.

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