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$50,000 in fines, 20 years without pets for Tenn. couple

July 23rd, 2013 11:47 am by Associated Press

$50,000 in fines, 20 years without pets for Tenn. couple

SOMERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A court in West Tennessee has fined a couple $50,000 and ordered them to have no pets for 20 years.

The ruling in Somerville ended the prosecution of Drs. William Parr and his wife, Ricio Parr. The Parrs were sentenced to six years of probation on guilty pleas to three felony cruelty counts. The first year will be served under intensive probation, similar to house arrest.

The Parrs will be allowed to leave home to dine because they do not cook. They may also attend church services.

The Commercial Appeal reported the decision on Monday followed a rescue of more than 100 animals from the couple's former home in Moscow, Tenn. The couple now lives in a Shelby County apartment.

The court set aside $18,000 in fines to go for a new animal shelter in Fayette County. Those come from $3,000 that each was required to pay on the felony counts. They also were ordered to pay $32,000 to agencies that rescued, cared for and placed the neglected animals.

Among them were 168 dogs, cats, rabbits, pigeons, doves, gerbils, a canary, ferrets, lizards, rats and hamsters.

During the raid in September, the couple's two teenage children were also removed by the state. The 18-year-daughter and the 13-year-old son returned home on a trial basis July 17.

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