Animals activists attend Rupert man's arraignment on animal cruelty charge

RUPERT, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) On Thursday, animal activists attended Brian E Jensen arraignment at the Minidoka County Courthouse on a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge.

Paige Haught and Heather Myer traveled from Boise and wanted to show support against animal cruelty.

“The point of being here is being a voice for the voiceless. They should never be deprived of the basic necessities to sustain life and that is food, water and shelter,” Haught said, refering to Jenson’s dog that Minidoka County Sheriff’s found dead in front of Baseline Road on Jan 3.

Both women, with two others, sat in silence inside the courtroom throughout Jensen’s arraignment.

“We have to be able to treat our animals with kindness and the things they need to sustain life, cruelty does not factor in there it shouldn’t ever,” Haught said after the arraignment.

Debbie Turrentine, a board member of Friends Furever Animal Rescue in Jerome, joined Haught and Myer. She said that if Jensen would have stepped up and asked for help to feed his animals, plenty of available resources would be able to help.

“If he’s willing to hand over his animals, and not give proper care for them, we’ll gladly take them in. There’s rescues all over that would do that,” Turrentine said.

The women said they named the dead dog Justice and will continue to follow up on any upcoming court dates set for Jensen.

Jensen faces a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge and plead not guilty during his arraignment. A jury trial is set for May 22.

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