Pair charged with 42 counts of animal cruelty after north Macon discovery

Two Macon residents have been charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty after about 50 animals -- some of them dead -- were recovered last week from a north Macon home.

Stephen Darrell Jones, 54, and Lisa Ann Murray, 47, each face 42 counts of cruelty to animals, in addition to a previous charge of criminal trespass, according to a Tuesday news release from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. The pair is accused of squatting in the home at 924 Glenbrook Road after they were evicted and the house sold on the courthouse steps.

Authorities were called to the house Thursday afternoon after a neighbor alerted them that animals were in the house. The Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare Department found a cat, rabbit, hamster and bird dead at the scene. Other animals, including dogs, cats and two turtles, were in various stages of poor health and malnutrition. The pair initially faced four counts of animal cruelty.

Warrants were served Monday evening on the 42 counts. No bond has been set.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report.