Miranda Kittrell

Miranda Kittrell is led out of Justice Court in handcuffs Sunday following her initial appearance before Judge David Lyons. (Photo by Mark Thornton)


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.

Read more in Saturday's Laurel Leader-Call and at www.leader-call.com.

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Frank Sterle Jr.

Just three days short of National Feral Cat Day (today, October 16), I spotted a dead feral cat on the roadside, likely hit by a car. It was quite saddening to know his/her life and death would not at all matter to general society.

About three years ago, it was reported that Surrey, B.C. had/has approximately 36,000 feral and stray cats, so many of which are allowed to suffer severe malnourishment, debilitating injury and/or infection by callously neglectful municipal government as well as individual residents who choose to remain silent.

(Progress might also be made by discontinuing allowing pet cats to roam freely outdoors and notably risk them becoming another predator’s meal or some sadistic person’s target for a torturous death.)

When I made a monetary donation to the local Trap/Neuter/Release (TNR) program, a lady volunteer left me a tearful voice mail expressing her appreciation, which to me suggested a scarcity of caring financial donors.

No wonder cat Trap/Neuter/Release (TNR) programs are typically underfunded by governments and private donors, regardless of their documented success in reducing the needless great suffering by these beautiful, sentient animals.

I fear a possible presumption of feline disposability.

Could there be a subconscious human perception that the worth of such animal life (if not even human life in regularly war-torn or overpopulated famine-stricken global regions) is reflected by its overabundance and the protracted conditions under which it suffers?

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