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Prater jailed for dog abuse
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Stoli is the last of four dogs taken from property on Goff Mill Road still at Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center. The other three have been rescued. - photo by Nikki Childers

A Blues Hill resident has been ordered to serve jail time for reportedly leaving his dogs in kennels without food and water while he was incarcerated for months.

One of the dogs died and was reportedly eaten by the other dogs in their effort to survive.

Howell Grant Prater Jr., 42, has been ordered to serve 10 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence by General Sessions Judge Bill Locke on the charge of cruelty to animals.

According to the warrant for Prater’s arrest, Warren County Animal Control director Sherri Bradley was called to a home on Goff Mill Road on May 20 to investigate a report of animal cruelty. 

She made contact with a neighbor who informed her Prater was not expected to return until June.

“He was incarcerated at that time, but he still has the responsibility to see that his animals are properly taken care of,” said Bradley, noting he could have easily contacted Animal Control or notified a deputy about the dogs while he was in jail.

Bradley went to do a welfare check on the animals and found three live dogs in very poor shape in two kennels. There was not food or water they could reach.

In addition, Bradley observed a fourth dog that was dead and looked to have been partially eaten by the other dogs.

While Bradley was on the property, another dog approached her from an area around the home. That dog and the other three live dogs in kennels were taken to Warren County Animal Control.

Bradley said someone must have come on the property and provided the dogs with some level of care for them to have survived for months. She said all the dogs taken to Animal Control have been nurtured back to health.

In addition to his jail time, Prater was ordered to forfeit the dogs. He was also told by the judge not to have any additional pets during his probationary period.