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Jones County cattle saga comes to an end

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JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - In June, Jones County resident Gary Walters had some unwelcomed guests roaming his yard.

"I think he started out with 102 cattle here," said Walters. "Most of them roamed around in my yard for a while."

The Jones County Sheriff's Department seized some of the cattle from Owen Jordan who is currently being held in the Forrest County Regional Jail. He is charged with several counts of animal cruelty.

Jordan had several cows at his Forrest County home that were in poor condition.

"They were all in very poor condition health wise and there were six calves that were dead in his front yard," said Virginia Cheatham, manager of Southern Pines Animal Shelter.

The shelter helped take care of the cattle that survived.

"They were all sick," said Cheatham. "We lost a couple of them."

Jordan's cattle at his Jones County property are in a similar situation

"This second time basically what we found was just an inhumane situation," said Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge.

WDAM received several phone calls from concerned citizens in Jones County on Sept. 11. One viewer sent pictures as evidence of the poor conditions.

Sheriff Hodge said his department has filed an injunction in the Jones County Justice Court.

"Mr. Owen Jordan will no longer be able to possess cattle or livestock in Jones County," Hodge said.

That makes Walters and his neighbors feel much better.

"I'm glad to see that they are doing something about the cows so that these cows can get a little bit better home than what they've got right now," said Walters.

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