Forrest County: 2 charged in animal cruelty case

Forrest County: 2 charged in animal cruelty case
Forrest County authorities, along with the Southern Pines Animal Shelter, seized about 15 dogs and cats that were allegedly living in unsanitary conditions inside this mobile home.
Chris Roberts
Chris Roberts
Sona Roberts
Sona Roberts

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A pair of Forrest County residents are behind bars and facing animal cruelty charges in connection to an April incident on J.L. Williams Road.

Sona Roberts, 37, and Chris Roberts, 36, were arrested Monday afternoon by members of the Forrest County Sheriff's Department.

Sona is charged with three counts of animal cruelty, and Chris is charged with three counts of confining animals/creatures without food or water.

On April 22nd, acting on a warrant, Forrest County Deputies, along with the Dept. of Human Services and the Southern Pines Animal Shelter, removed about 15 dogs and cats from inside a mobile home at 45 J.L. Williams Road, Lot 23.

According to investigators, the children involved in the incident were turned over to the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

Investigators said the animals were living in unsanitary conditions inside the residence.

They said two dead cats were found inside and they said several other sets of burned animal bones were discovered in a barrel in the back yard.

They also said about a dozen other husky-mix puppies escaped from inside the home before they could be rounded up during the execution of the search warrant.

Investigators said five people total, including two children, had been living at the home.

The two are currently housed at the Forrest County Jail.