Police: Dogs left at home

A Seymour woman faces three charges of animal cruelty after leaving her dogs in a home with no one to feed or take care of them, police said.

Mandy M. Becraft, 34, was arrested Thursday by Seymour Police, who took possession of the dogs and transported them to the Humane Society of Jackson County.

Police received a complaint from a man Aug. 12 of three malnourished dogs in the 600 block of Mill Street, Police Chief Bill Abbott said.

“The person who called us had been feeding the dogs for a couple of days,” he said.

Becraft had moved out of the residence but had supposedly made arrangements for someone to feed the dogs for her, Abbott said.

During the investigation, police learned that the person who was supposed to take care of the dogs told Becraft she wasn’t going to be able to after all.

Abbott said after seeing the pictures of the dogs and what condition they were in, he agreed with investigating Officer Devlin McMindes and animal control Officer Todd Lee that the dogs should be taken and charges should be made against Becraft.

After filing a report with the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, a warrant was issued for Becraft’s arrest.

Becraft was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 6:42 p.m. Thursday on a $760 bond. She was released less than an hour later after posting bond.

Each charge is a misdemeanor offense that carries a possible sentence of up to one year in prison if convicted, Abbott said.

Abbott said he hadn’t heard a recent update of the dogs’ conditions but didn’t think they had died or been euthanized.

As a dog lover himself, Abbott said he hoped the dogs could be adopted to new families.

Abbott said animal cruelty charges are not common here because proving neglect or cruelty is often difficult.

“Unfortunately, people’s standards of cruelty are different,” he said.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.