|Barbara Ann Forbes, 49(1)
|February 22, 2005
|Barbara Ann Forbes, 50(2)
||Hoarding 7 dogs, 5 cats,
10 hamsters and mice
|July 19, 2006
(2)2nd offense of animal
|dogs, cats, hamsters, mice
Photo courtesy of WSPA TV7 Forbes,
age 50 is facing animal cruelty charges for a 2nd time. Forbes
was arrested after an anonymous tip led code enforcement officers to her home
at 1409 Fairfield Rd. Forbes told Spartanburg County Environmental
Enforcement that some of the animals belonged to her 19-year old son, Travis.
7 dogs, 5 cats, 10 hamsters and several
mice were living in horrible conditions. Forbes faces 5
counts of animal cruelty among other charges. The charges could bring 30
days in jail for each charge. Forbes was issued 7 tickets
at $155 each for failing to prove any of the animals had been vaccinated for
Forbes lived in a camper
and tents with no electricity or running water after losing her home – the
animals lived where ever there was space. One of the dogs, named Spike was
not captured. Animal Control left a trap set for the dog. Another dog was
found in the woods tied to a stump with a 6-foot chain, a bowl of water sat
4-feet from the end of the chain. Several mice and 1 hamster were found in
Forbe’s small tow-behind camper. 1 dog was found dead under the camper.
Forbes served jail time
last year for animal cruelty. Last year Forbes was charged
with animal cruelty but no animals were taken away. Enforcement officers
have been dealing with Forbes on and off for 3 years.
In 1998, Forbes was
convicted of child neglect and received a 10-year suspended sentence with
5 years probation, according to State Law Enforcement Division Records.
Photo courtesy of John Byrum, GoUpstate The animals were
seized and are being cared for at the Spartanburg Humane Society. One of
the dogs a Dachshund is very emaciated. A cat has a deformed leg, a result
of an improperly healed broken leg. 2 huskies were dehydrated, with thick
coats of fur that did not appear to be shedding. Failure to shed is a sign
of dehydration. The remaining dogs had matted hair and long, overgrown nails.
1 of the dogs might have to be euthanized for a case of mange. Some of the
cats have upper respiratory problems
Forbe’s camper has been condemned because
it is illegal to permanently live in a camper, according to county ordinances.
On July 21st, Forbes
forfeited ownership of all her pets. Unable to pay a $500 bond, she remains
in jail with a court hearing scheduled for August 15th 2006.