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Benton woman arrested for 23 counts of animal cruelty

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(KATV) Benton - When law enforcement officers were looking for escaped inmate, Curtis Reese Jr., they looked in Saline County where he's from. Reese was later captured in White County, but the search in Benton turned up neglected and deceased dogs. 

Homes here on Latimer Dive in Benton are spread out, people have live stock and the sound of dogs barking isn't out of the ordinary. Neighbor James Toland says, "She seemed like a sweet person."

Neighbors say they thought the homeowner fostered animals for the Humane Society.

Rhonda Reese explains, "We haven't seen her coming around in a while and she use to come every day. She kept to herself and wouldn't let you get on her property but it's kind of sad. I didn't know she needed help with them or we would have helped."

48-year old Dorothy Braithwaite has been arrested, charged with 23 counts of animal cruelty. Each count is a felony.

Lt. Kevin Russell says the cages were stacked floor to ceiling and there was no water or electricity to the home. He says if search crews didn't find the home, they may never have found it. "They were underweight and there was excrement all over them and the environment they were living in, it was just very sad."

Benton Animal Control is caring for the animals.




A Benton woman was arrested on Wednesday for 23 counts of animal cruelty after Benton Police found dogs and cats in poor condition in her home. The officers were in the 600 block of Latimer Drive looking for escaped inmate Curtis Reese, Jr. when they came across Dorothy Braithwaite's home.

Police say they obtained a search warrant for the residence after noticing a large amount of animals in the home that appeared to be without electricity or a caretaker.

There was no power, the animals were covered in excrement, and there was no sign that the animals had been fed or given water recently.

On November 2, detectives came into contact with 48-year-old  Braithwaite.