Poplarville woman found guilty in animal abuse case
Published 7:00 am Saturday, July 15, 2017
This article has been corrected to clarify that Burns was issued a citation, not arrested/booked into Pearl River County jail.
Betty Burns, of 29 Ovelle Lee Road in Poplarville, was found guilty of animal neglect and animal cruelty Tuesday in Pearl River County Justice Court.
Pearl River County Animal Control Officer Danny Joe Slade said the county won the case against Burns, who was issued citations on Oct. 6, 2016 for the neglect and abuse of 24 dogs.
The dogs, some as young as 8-months-old, were found in deplorable conditions, many of which had never seen the light of day, Slade said.
Burns was found guilty of those charges and will be on parole for two years, he said.
She will not be allowed to own more than three dogs at a time and her home will be inspected on a regular basis, Slade said.
If Burns violates those conditions, she will face the previous charges again as well as additional charges, he said.
According to state law, Burns was charged with one count of neglect and one count of animal cruelty for the neglect of all 24 animals, rather than one count for each animal. Multiple counts would have been given for each animal if the animals were considered livestock, Slade said.
The animals were turned over to the Pearl River County Animal Shelter at the time, previous coverage states.
The dogs were living in conditions where the floor was covered in urine, feces and their food. Water was also inaccessible, according to previous coverage.
Burns has been cited twice for similar incidents, previous coverage states.