Three dead kittens lead to arrest of woman


A Prairie Grove woman was arrested for cruelty to animals on Friday, June 21, according to a Washington County Sheriff’s Office report. 

Netitia Jones, 53, was arrested after dropping kittens off with no cover on a night of severe thunderstorms.

Fourteen cats including three small dead kittens were dropped on the sidewalk in front of a woman who fosters animals for Wilson Zoo Rescue’s home, the report states.

“Came home to two cages full of cats, kittens, soaking wet from the rain and the storm the night before on my front yard,” Janet Starling said. There were dead ones among live ones, and they just smell and it was awful.”

The report states the cats were in two small wire kennels, soaked and smelled of urine and feces. 

The cats were in crowded small cages with no room to move in the hot sun.

The downpour of rain Wednesday morning, June 19, caused the death of three cats, according to the report. 

“It’s just a shame, I can’t believe it, it’s just a total shame,” Starling said. 

Once authorities approached Jones, she admitted to leaving the cats without telling anyone they were there.

Jones is facing 14 misdemeanor counts for animal cruelty, one for each animal abandoned.

The Sheriff’s Office does not want to confuse her pending charges with a felony.

“Arkansas felony law has to do with the psychical torture of an animal,” Washington County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Lori Hodges said. 

Regardless, the arrest made Starling fell more at ease. 

“I think they should pay for the consequences of what they did to those poor animals,” she said. 

Wilson Zoo Rescue has the responsibility of the cats right now but is in the process of putting them into different fosters in hopes of adoption.

“We are over-booked on cats and kittens right now so any help would be appreciated,” Starling said.

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