Yalobusha County, Miss. (WTVA) -- In Defense of Animals (IDA), the international animal protection organization that operates Hope Animal Sanctuary in Grenada, has announced convictions in two Yalobusha County animal cruelty cases within one week.
On September 17, Christina Montgomery and Rodney Hanks of Coffeeville were convicted in absentia of moving from their residence and abandoning their animals without provisions.
Of eleven animals eight perished including six cats and two turtles.
A week later, on September 24, Terrica Logan and Antonio Scott, also of Coffeeville, pleaded guilty to the neglect of Scott’s dogs who were inhumanely housed and deprived of water at Logan’s residence.
Additionally, the City of Coffeeville cited Logan for violations of city animal ordinances.
The pair was fined nearly $2,000 each and given a 30 day suspended jail sentence.
IDA’s Hope Animal Sanctuary (HAS), located in Carroll County, acted as an agent for law enforcement in both cases.
As many law enforcement agencies do not have the resources to rescue, house, and give medical aid to cruelly treated animals, they call on humane agencies for assistance in these matters, and in the documentation and prosecution of these cases.
"We are thrilled that law enforcement and the courts are taking animal cruelty cases seriously," said Doll Stanley, Director of Hope Animal Sanctuary. She added, "studies have repeatedly shown, and the FBI and other law enforcement agencies agree, that a person who commits cruelty to animals very often moves on to commit acts of violence against people, especially when the cruelty to animals goes unpunished."