Seymour woman pleads guilty to animal cruelty

A Jackson County woman’s recent decision to plead guilty to one count of cruelty to an animal means she will serve 365 days on home detention.

Mandy M. Becraft, 34, of Seymour received that sentence from Jackson Superior Court I Judge Bruce Markel III on Thursday after he accepted a plea agreement in which the state agreed to dismiss two additional cruelty to animal charges. Becraft’s trial had been set for that day.

Markel also ordered Becraft to pay a $200 fine and court costs and $300 in restitution to the Humane Society of Jackson County.

Becraft was arrested in August 2015 by Seymour police after they had received a complaint from a man about three malnourished dogs in the 600 block of Mill Street, Police Chief Bill Abbott said at the time.

“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 supposedly had made arrangements for someone to feed the dogs for her, Abbott said.

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

Cruelty to an animal is a Class A misdemeanor offense that carries a possible sentence of up to one year in prison if convicted.

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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.