Woman accused of animal neglect in Yalobusha County

Rebecca Wilson was arrested Wednesday and charged with 19 counts of animal neglect and six counts of animal cruelty.

Posted: Jan 24, 2018 4:11 PM
Updated: Jan 24, 2018 6:45 PM

YALOBUSHA COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) – A woman is accused of animal neglect and animal cruelty in Yalobusha County.

Rebecca Wilson was arrested Wednesday and charged with 19 counts of animal neglect and six counts of animal cruelty.

Rebecca Wilson | Photo: Yalobusha County Sheriff's Department

More than 25 animals, ranging from dogs to donkeys, were found starving, thirsty and freezing and some dead at a home near the Tillatoba and Scobey areas of Yalobusha County earlier this month.

The animals were seized and are being cared for.

“They are settling in. They have food. They have water. They have shelter. My children are providing them plenty of afternoon love just to get used to human contact. They’ve never been shown love,” said Laura Smith of Second Chance Animals Alliance in Water Valley.

According to Yalobusha County Sheriff Lance Humphreys, the man who owned and cared for these animals went into the hospital in early December. He later passed away.

Wilson, his wife, was responsible for those animals and is accused of not caring for them.

“I’d like to see the maximum sentencing for it,” Sheriff Humphreys said. “If you own animals, show some responsibility.”

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