Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Barbara Ann Forbes, 49(1) animal cruelty

Chesnee, SC

Spartanburg County

February 22, 2005  
Barbara Ann Forbes, 50(2) Hoarding 7 dogs, 5 cats, 10 hamsters and mice

Chesnee, SC

Spartanburg County

July 19, 2006  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse
Misdemeanor

(1)child neglect

(2)2nd offense of animal cruelty

dogs, cats, hamsters, mice

(1)Convicted

(2)Convicted/Forfeiture

 

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 rabies.

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.

Reference:

WSPA TV7 GoUpstate
Herald Journal