Miranda Lynn Kittrell was sentenced to 38 counts of animal cruelty in Jones County, along with steep fines.

Interim Justice Court Judge Noel Rogers sentenced Miranda Lynn Kittrell to 114 months with six months to serve, while ordering her to pay a $3,800 fine and perform 380 hours of community service for animal cruelty fines.

Kittrell is the first person sentenced under stricter animal abuse legislation that took effect July 1 in Mississippi.

The Justice Court Judge banned Kittrell from being in the presence of any domesticated animal for 15 years and ordered her to undergo a psychological evaluation.

Under the former animal cruelty law, a person could only be charged with one count of abuse, no matter if one animal or multiple animals were involved. The new legislation allows a person to be charged for every animal involved.

Dozens of animals were found malnourished on property owned by Kittrell.

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