Reese Witherspoon's Stepmom Charged With Animal Cruelty For Neglecting Pooch

Even though it's a widely known fact that Reese Witherspoon loves animals — owning a farm with such creatures as chickens, pigs, goats, donkeys and horses — it seems her stepmom, Patricia, isn't so good at looking after her pets.

RadarOnline reported that Patricia, 62, has been arrested and charged with abandonment and neglect after a local government agency discovered two mistreated dogs outside her Murfreesboro, Tennesee, home.

The papers, filed by PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving), allege that a neighbor reported that a Shih Tzu/Poodle mix belonging to Patricia was left outside on an 80-degree day in April. When authorities carried out an inspection of the dog, named Chloe Belle, they found that she had a "large hard clump of hair matting" on her back, and "no waterproof shelter."

Claims were also made that Patricia tied a dog whom she was caring for, called Rocko, to a neighbor's tree, and completely abandoned it.

The papers states, "She explained that the neighbors gave her the animal due to them just tying the animal on a leash at all times. She stated she kept it for a while and then no longer wanted him so she tied it to their tree and informed them she was giving it back. When I asked if her neighbors knew she was giving the dog back or had tied the dog to the tree, she stated, 'Well, they can't miss the dog.'"

Due to the fact that Reese Witherspoon's stepmom, Patricia repeated failed to check in with PAWS regarding Chloe's status, a warrant was issued for her arrest. She was taken into police custody on May 8 and then appeared in court with her lawyer on September 24.

During that court hearing she was told by the judge to report to PAWS once a month for the next year to prove she's abiding by "good and lawful conduct."