(01/23/2002)
A Roane County man has been convicted on 12 misdemeanor charges of abuse to animals. A verdict against Eric Arnold was reached after a four-day trial. He faces up to six months in jail for each misdemeanor, which convicted him of starving animals.

Arnold and his wife Kathy had been charged with 16 counts of animal cruelty after the Roane County sheriff confiscated 13 horses, a dog, a cat and a burro, responding to reports the couple had been neglecting the animals.

Mason County Prosecutor Damon Morgan tried the case. He is waiting on a competency report on Arnold's wife Kathy, a former Spencer attorney, to determine her status to stand trial on the same charges.

Eric Arnold is expected to be sentenced in February.


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