One-time animal rescuer Miranda Kittrell will spend six months in jail, have to pay $3,800 in fines and serve 380 hours of community service after she was found guilty of 38 counts of animal cruelty in Jones County Justice Court on Thursday afternoon.
Judge Noel Rogers handed down the sentence, one of the most severe ever meted out in Jones County. In addition, she will have to get a psychological evaluation and counseling at her own expense and is banned from owning a domesticated animal for 15 years.
Kittrell, 37, was in tears as the judge handed down the sentence. She was convicted on 38 counts of animal cruelty. Kittrell was charged in September after 38 dogs were found in horrid conditions on her Jones County property. The Jones County Sheriff's Department and Southern Pines Animal Shelter in Hattiesburg responded to her home where they found the animals.
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