Thursday, December 15, 2011
Two plead guilty in puppy mill case
The Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office and the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) announced last week that John and Nancy Garrison pleaded guilty to one count each of the 97 cases of misdemeanor animal cruelty charges in connection with a February 4, 2010, puppy mill raid.
The ASPCA managed the investigation and rescue of more than 100 dogs.
John and Nancy Garrison were each sentenced to six months in jail, 11 months and 29 days of supervised probation, and ordered to pay $26,847.14 in restitution to the ASPCA and $2,793.19 to the Marshall County Humane Society, which will be suspended pending successful completion of the probation terms. As part of the probation, the Garrisons are prohibited from owning, harboring and/or residing at any residence with animals for five years.
“I am pleased that the cases are concluded with a message sent to others who attempt such practices in Marshall County, that puppy mills and abuse to animals will not be tolerated under any circumstances during my tenure as county prosecutor,” said Shirley C. Byers. “My greatest satisfaction is that the 96 dogs and one cat rescued from the defendants are now happily living in safe and loving homes, which overshadows the sight and smell of the deplorable conditions of the defendant’s property in February 2010.”
“The ASPCA appreciates the diligence of the Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office for seeing this case through to the end,” said Tim Rickey, senior director of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team. “We hope to continue our work in investigating puppy mills and rid the nation of this cruel and inhumane industry.”
Groups assisting the ASPCA in the puppy mill raid on the Garrisons’ property early last year near Holly Springs included the American Humane Association, Marshall County Humane Society, and Mississippi State University and Collierville, Tenn., Humane Society veterinarians, who helped provide medical care and treatment for the animals.
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