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Hawkins mother, daughter take plea deal in massive animal cruelty case

May 30th, 2013 7:36 am by Jeff Bobo, NET News Service

Hawkins mother, daughter take plea deal in massive animal cruelty case

Ann Shirley Barber and Michelle Ann Barber

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County mother and daughter charged in April on 68 counts each of animal cruelty won’t have to do jail time, but according to the terms of their plea bargain they also won’t be allowed to own any animals from now on without first receiving permission from the court.

Ann Shirley Barber, 72, 601 Route 31, Mooresburg, and her daughter, Michelle Ann Barber, 51, 603 Route 31, Mooresburg, were arrested April 21 after police found them, along with a large number and variety of animals, living in “unfit,” “disgusting,” and “deplorable” conditions at two adjacent residences.

On Wednesday the Barbers appeared before Sessions Judge J. Todd Ross and agreed to plead guilty to four counts each of cruelty to animals in exchange for two years of supervised probation, a $200 fine each, and they forfeit any interest in any of the animals that were seized from their residences.

Read more and see photos of the animals at TimesNews.net.

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