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2 Franklin Co. residents accused of letting horses die on property

(Source: Franklin County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Franklin County Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Franklin County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Franklin County Sheriff's Office)
FRANKLIN COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

A man and woman in Franklin County are facing charges after allegedly letting two horses die on their property.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Debbie Mandrell, 57, and John Hargis, 80, are both charged with two counts each of aggravated cruelty to animals and cruel treatment to a companion animal.

The charges stem to a police investigation that started on Aug. 31, when authorities responded to a report of animal cruelty.

The sheriff's office and animal control received information that two horses on the property were allowed to died due to neglect and/or lack of food and water.

The remains of the two horses were discovered on the property "in an advanced state of decay."

Warrants were issued for the arrest of Mandrell and Hargis on Sept. 7.

The bond in their warrant was set at $25,000. 

Mandrel surrendered at the sheriff's office and released on a $2,500 cash bond.

Harris was arrested on Sept. 9. He is being held pending bail.

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