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Bradford deputies charge woman with 11 counts of animal cruelty



Deputies arrested a Bradford County woman April 25 for not adequately caring for her dogs.

Jeanette M. Hars was charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty.  The charges against Hars are not proven and she is presumed innocent until adjudicated guilty by a court

According to sheriff’s Capt. Brad Smith, a work crew installing sexual predator warning signs in Hars’ neighborhood first noticed that her animals appeared to be under-cared for.  He said that since the work crew observed the animals, Hars has been under investigation.

Smith added that before Hars’ arrest, the sheriff’s Capt. overseeing animal control Carol Starling, removed 11 dogs, 10 cats and a rabbit from the Hars’ property and warned the woman about her legal obligations to care for her pets according to Florida law.

Smith said deputies conducted a follow up visit on the 25th and found an additional 11 canines in poor condition, resulting in Hars’ arrest.

She is currently being held at the Bradford County Jail with an $11,000 bond.

Sheriff Gordon Smith said, “It sickens me to find anyone mistreating animals. I will not tolerate animal cruelty and will use the full force of authority entrusted in me by the citizens of Bradford County to investigate and incarcerate animal abusers.”

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