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Franklin Co. cracks down on animal cruelty after two more indicted

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"This is Poppy the cat. You can see where his front lip is gone and all the way to his cheek are gone," Cindy Brooks, Franklin County Adoption Specialist says.

Franklin County Adoption Specialist, Cindy Brooks, says cancer was rotting away Poppy's face.

"It took my breath the first time I saw him. It was just an instant sadness," Brooks says.

The cat had to be put down because the owners left the cat untreated for so long. Now, Brooks is hoping to send a message.

"We've noticed there's more and more animal cruelty that's popping up in the county and that's something that's not going to be tolerated," Brooks says.

A Franklin County grand jury indicted Poppy's owners for animal cruelty. They are a father and son named Anthony Brian Fuller and Anthony Eugene Fuller.

Franklin County leaders say about once a week an animal is injured or left to die on the side of the road. Many of those animals are brought to the Franklin County Humane Society where they say this abuse and neglect has got to stop.

Anita Scott, the Director for the Franklin County Humane Society, says they never turn away a special needs animal, but veneering care can get expensive why is why they rely on donations.

The organization even recently took in T-Bone after his owner, 42-year old Jennifer Butler, was indicted on four counts of animal cruelty.

"We have to be their voice and stand up for them and the community needs to stand up and say we want to live in a community where this is not tolerated," the Director for the Franklin County Humane Society Anita Scott says.

They hope no more animals will have to suffer the same way Poppy did.

Donate here to help the Franklin County Humane Society.