Hawkins County women facing 68 counts of animal cruelty - WRBL

Hawkins County women facing 68 counts of animal cruelty

Posted: Updated: April 22, 2013 04:57 PM EDT
Ann Shirley Barber (on the left) and Michele Ann Barber (on the right) (Source: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office) Ann Shirley Barber (on the left) and Michele Ann Barber (on the right) (Source: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office)
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HAWKINS COUNTY, TN (WJHL) -

UPDATE:

It's an animal neglect case the Hawkins County Humane Society is calling unparalleled. Between two neighboring homes in Hawkins County, close to 70 animals were rescued yesterday, as a mother and daughter were arrested.

Michele Ann Barber and Ann Shirley Barber of Mooresburg, are each facing 68 counts of animal cruelty.

News Channel 11's Kylie McGivern met up with those involved in the rescue, still reeling from what they call "unspeakable conditions."

Witnesses say it looked liked a scene out of "Hoarders."

"When I drove up, I was like 'Oh my goodness!' You know, are we filming this TV program?" Hawkins County Humane Society President Eddie McNally said.

But the only cameras around, were their own...

"They're very malnourished and scared to death," a rescuer explained.

...With each flash of the lens, searing images McNally says, he won't need pictures to remember.

"Imagine the worst show or segment on that program, and multiple by about three. Just unbelievable. I really can't describe the condition the animals were in."

"Both of these houses were unlivable for animals, let alone humans," Humane Society Vice President Danny Alvis said.

McNally wants people to see how horrific the conditions were. Because in this case, words fall short.

"There wasn't a 3ft by 3ft square nowhere in the house that was not, did not have debris piled at least 3 to 4ft height. Feces on the floor, inch and a half, two inchers deep. If you didn't have on some good shoes, it felt like you were walking on carpet. Holes in the floor, animals running everywhere, rats - rats running right and left," Alvis said.

"We did discover one horse carcass outside a shed, that obviously had been there for some time," McNally said.

He has been in the business for 21 years, and calls this case the worst, by far.

"The accumulation of urine, feces, the aroma was just overwhelming. The obstacles we had to go through to get to these animals and removed - it was actually a very dangerous situation for all of us, being subjected to those conditions," McNally said.

Along with the Sheriff's Office, 8 volunteers joined Humane Society workers to rescue the animals. Beyond cats and dogs, animals found included rabbits, chickens, goats, horses, and a donkey.

It's those conditions, the shelter hopes will shed light on the dark world of animal neglect - and show people the consequences, are real.

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Two Hawkins County women are facing animal cruelty charges.

The sheriff's office says Ann Shirley Barber and Michele Ann Barber are both facing 68 counts of animal cruelty.

News Channel 11's Kylie McGivern is In Your Corner with the story tonight at 5:30.

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