Vet reports no signs of neglect
A Weakley County veterin-arian’s latest written report to District Attorney General Tommy Thomas indicates no signs of neglect or abuse at an Obion County kennel where the owners were charged with animal cruelty last summer.
A hearing is slated for Thursday in Obion County General Sessions Court for James and Mary Jo Fair of Minnick-Elbridge Road in rural Obion County, whose animal cruelty case was continued in August 2007 after a judge accepted an agreement between the prosecution and the defense.
They were each charged with 10 counts of cruelty to animals following an investigation launched by the Gibson-Obion County Humane Society, ASPCA, with the seizure of more than 100 dogs from their residence.
The Fairs were scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing Aug. 2, 2007, in General Sessions Court, but a recommendation from the DA’s office was instead presented to the court. As a result, the Fairs’ case was continued for six months, with one of the conditions being that their veterinarian, Dr. Bob Page of Dresden, agreed to inspect the dogs and their housing at least every 60 days, if not more often.
At the end of the six-month period, the veterinarian’s written findings were to be submitted to the court for review and the case against the Fairs could be dismissed if Dr. Page certifies the animals are healthy and being provided reasonable care.
In a letter Dr. Page sent to Thomas on Dec. 31, he reported he made an unannounced visit to Mrs. Fair’s Hill Top Kennel on Dec. 21, the purpose being to examine the dogs and kennel facilities as part of his ongoing obligation to the DA’s office.
“Since my last visit to her kennel, I have examined several individual puppies and dogs and have found all to be healthy with no medical conditions being present in these animals,” Dr. Page wrote to Thomas.
“I found all dogs and puppies to be healthy and thriving. They were well groomed. They were being cared for sufficiently. All animals were being provided good food, clean water and adequate housing,” he continued. “The housing was clean and there was no accumulation of wastes. Good bedding was being provided for the animals. None of the dogs or puppies showed any signs of sickness or any other health-related condition. There were no signs of vermin.
“In conclusion my inspection found the dogs to [be] adequately cared for and there were no signs of neglect or abuse,” according to Dr. Page’s letter. Published in The Messenger 1.9.08