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Collierville couple indicted on animal cruelty charges

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A Collierville man and woman were indicted last week on three counts of animal cruelty after police found three malnourished dogs abandoned in the backyard of the home they left last summer.
Tyrone Mourning, 53, and Sharon Mourning, 48, were charged last year after neighbors complained that the dogs had been abandoned without providing food, water or care. A grand jury indicted them on Tuesday.
Animal cruelty is a misdemeanor that carries punishment of up to 11 months 29 days in jail and a fine of up to$2,500, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weiric
Investigators responded to complaints last July and saw the dogs in the backyard of the home in the 300 block of Taraview Road. They said the grass was nearly four-feet high and that there were two bowls with dirty rainwater and no food.
The dogs — two pit bulls and a pit bull/boxer mix — had bite marks and scars, and their ribs were visible under their skin from starvation, investigators said.
Two of the dogs had to be euthanized, while one that was pregnant recovered and was adopted along with the puppies.

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