The following news release has been issued by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.
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Murphy, NC— Jan David Barnett, a 51 year old Murphy, North Carolina man was arrested on charges of Felony Animal Abuse in connection with the maltreatment and death of animals in his care and custody.
Information was provided to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office that horses at a residence on Harshaw Road in Cherokee County were not being properly taken care of and it appeared the animals were near death. Investigators with the Criminal Investigations Division visited the Harshaw Road address and found three horses, a pony, and a mule that were indeed near death. Investigators served a search warrant and attempted to rescue the animals but unfortunately one died the next day. Through the investigation Barnett was identified as the person in care and custody of the animals.
Barnett was arrested on felony and misdemeanor cruelty to animal charges as well as causing the death of an animal by starvation. Barnett made his initial appearance before the North Carolina Magistrate who set him a $5,000.00 unsecure bond. Barnett is scheduled to appear in Cherokee County District Court later this month.
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