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Bryant pair charged with cruelty to animals

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Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2018 11:14 am | Updated: 11:16 am, Thu Oct 25, 2018.

Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen, of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, was visibly upset as he gave the report of animal cruelty Thursday morning.

Harnen said an anonymous call led animal control officer Tony Wilbanks to a residence on County Road 831 in Bryant.

“The caller described a Doberman Pincher dog and another small dog malnourished,” said Harnen.

Harnen said Wilbanks told him, during an investigation, he could lock his hands around the Doberman’s waste.

Wilbanks found the dog chained up, weighing only 36 pounds and barely able to move. The average weight of a Doberman is 70 pounds.

“The dog couldn’t walk,” said Harnen.

Harnen said Wilbanks gave the occupants of the residence, Helena Michelle Moses, 27 and Joseph Fisher, also 27, the option of signing the dogs over to animal control. They refused, according to Harnen.

“So, we got warrants and charged them both with cruelty to animals,” said Harnen.

Harnen said Fisher told Wilbanks he could not afford to take the dogs to the veterinarian.

“If you are going to have animals, be responsible,” said Harnen. “You don’t let them get that bad. I can put up with stupidity of people, but not to animals.”

Harnen said the dogs have been removed and are now in care of the county’s animal shelter.

Fisher and Moses were taken to the Jackson County Jail, where they later made bond.

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  • KaJo posted at 7:29 am on Thu, Nov 1, 2018.

    KaJo Posts: 1

    Does anyone know what judge will hear this case? I have a few people who would like to send letters expressing their outrage at the way these animals were treated before they go to court, but have no idea who to tell them to address the letters to...

  • joe higdon posted at 9:03 pm on Thu, Oct 25, 2018.

    joe higdon Posts: 1

    Anyone that mistreats dogs like this should be thrown in jail....period.mom

  • DMW posted at 6:54 pm on Thu, Oct 25, 2018.

    DMW Posts: 1

    This is evil, who can i get in touch with to see about adopting this poor dog .

  • jrking posted at 3:37 pm on Thu, Oct 25, 2018.

    jrking Posts: 1

    i hope they did not feed them in jail.

  • Cinnamon52 posted at 11:40 am on Thu, Oct 25, 2018.

    Cinnamon52 Posts: 1

    They could afford their bond, but not to properly care for the animals. Disgusting!!!


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