Jackson County (Press Release)-Authorities in Jackson County have taken custody of 67 animals on a search warrant that was executed on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at N2420 Blackberry Road in Melrose Township, Jackson County after receiving information that there may be animals on the property in need of care due to neglect.
The animals seized consisted of dogs ranging in age from puppies to adults; horses, mules, sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens, rabbits, ducks and a pig. Many of the animals found appeared to be in various stages of neglect due to improper care and lack of nourishment.
Two persons have been arrested in connection with the abuse and are identified as Renee Smithey, age 58; and Tarry Smithey, age 52. Both parties were booked on a single felony count of animal mistreatment and were later released on a $1,000.00 signature bond. Conditions of bond are to possess no animals and to cooperate with the State Veterinarian, the Jackson County Humane Officer, and the Jackson County Health Department. Two other adults residing at the residence were not arrested and to date have not been charged.
Assisting in the seizure and assessment of the animals and living conditions was the Jackson County Animal Shelter, State of Wisconsin Veterinarian and the Jackson County Health Department.
The animals seized in this matter have been provided with proper shelter, medical treatment and nourishment. Some of these animals will be available for adoption. Many of these animals are in need of special care. Anyone interested in adopting an animal should contact the Jackson County Animal Shelter.
This matter remains under investigation by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
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