Woman accused of starving puppies 'forgot about them' | Crime
A Jonesboro woman accused of starving two puppies, including one that died, told police she just “forgot about them.”
Tamika R. Williams, 32, was cited with two counts of animal cruelty after officers found the body of one of the puppies stuffed in a garbage bag.
Friday afternoon a woman called in a complaint to police regarding a puppy she had found that morning.
According to Officer Eric Gilbee’s initial report, the puppy was “emaciated.”
The caller told Gilbee she had seen the puppy and another in a small cage in Williams’ back yard “for quite some time.”
A neighbor said Williams had the puppies at her home since August 5. The neighbor told Gilbee she “didn’t know the dogs were being starved to death.”
Gilbee and Animal Control Officer Jeff Moore went to Williams’ home, but she was not there at that time.
Another neighbor who was mowing her yard asked the officers about trash, including a mattress, along the tree line behind Williams’ property.
While he was pointing out the garbage, the officers reportedly spotted a blanket wrapped around a garbage bag.
Inside the bag they found the other puppy, dead.
While they were photographing the puppy and bagging it for evidence, Williams arrived at the scene.
According to the officer’s report, Williams said she had gotten the puppies about a month ago.
Williams reportedly told Gilbee she “had put them in the backyard in the cage and forgot about them.”
Gilbee cited Williams with two counts of state animal cruelty, a misdemeanor. She is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, Sept. 11.
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