A west central Wisconsin man will spend three years on probation for having malnourished animals in a barn with human comforts like satellite T-V.
52-year-old Tarry Smithey of Melrose pleaded guilty in Jackson County to misdemeanor animal mistreatment. Prosecutors said he and his wife Renee lived in a barn with 70 neglected animals. Officials said dogs, horses, sheep, goats, mules, and others were given little-or-no water. The barn has no indoor plumbing, but it does have a bed and a computer. A judge ordered the Smitheys to clean up their barn, and give up all but two dogs and two mules. Renee is also charged, and is due in court next month.