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Woman charged with animal cruelty and neglect in Jefferson County


BIG RUN –  Animal cruelty and neglect charges have been filed against a Smicksburg woman for allegedly leaving a dog alone without food or water for several days.

According to Jefferson County Court documents, 49-year-old Barbara Kerr had assumed responsibility to take care of a dog at a Big Run residence. When State Police were called to the residence in November they found that a tan terrier had been caged in the kitchen with no water or food and appeared to be malnourished and abandoned. The dog required medical treatment at a veterinary hospital.

Kerr faces a preliminary hearing on January 31st.