Two charged with animal cruelty in Franklin County, Illinois

Two people have been charged with animal cruelty in Franklin County, Illinois.

On August 31, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department along with Franklin County Animal Control went to a home in rural West Frankfort to investigate possible animal cruelty.

Both the sheriff’s department and animal control had received information that two horses had been allowed to die due to neglect and/or lack of food and water.

The remains of two horses were found decaying on the property.

Warrants were issued on September 7 for 57-year-old Debbie Mandrell and 80-year-old John Hargis. Both lived on the property.

Both were charged with two counts each of aggravated cruelty to animals and cruel treatment to a companion animal.

Mandrell surrendered at the sheriff’s office the same day the warrant was issued and was released on $2,500 cash bond.

Hargis was arrested on September 9 at his home. He is being held pending bail.

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