Two Franklin County residents are facing animal cruelty charges after incident in late August, according to a news release from the Franklin County States Attorneys office.
The Franklin County Sheriffs Office and Animal Control had received information that two horses at a residence in rural West Frankfort had been allowed to perish because of neglect and/or the denial of water and food. Both agencies responded Aug. 31 to a residence in rural West Frankfort to investigate the report.
The remains of two horses were discovered on the property in an advanced state of decay. Information from the investigation was forwarded to Franklin County States Attorneys Office.
Warrants were issued Sept. 7 for Debbie A. Mandrell, 57, and John F. Hargis, 80, who both reside at the property. The warrants charge two counts each of aggravated cruelty to animals and cruel treatment to a companion animal. Bond is set at $25,000.
Mandrell surrendered at the sheriffs office the same day, and was released on $2,500 cash bond. Harris was arrested Sept. 9 at his residence and is being held pending bail.