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Couple cited for animal cruelty
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A Smithville man and woman were cited for cruelty to animals on April 1.Jessica Yvonne Lane, 24, and Lonnie “JB” Brown, 29, were cited for cruelty to animals.A city police officer, dispatched to a residence on West Main Street to investigate reports of two dogs being starved to death, allegedly found one dog chained to a stake in the back yard.It appeared the animal had been dead for at least a day. Another dog chained behind the home was in need of medical attention, police said.There was reportedly no food available to the dogs at the time of the incident. Lane and Brown will appear in General Sessions Court on April 25.Meanwhile, Michael Lynn Vance, 44, was arrested for domestic assault on April 4.According to the warrant, Detective Brandon Donnell responded to reports of a fight in progress on Andrew Street where one of the combatants was said to be armed with a knife.