A local couple accused of human trafficking and animal abuse has pleaded not guilty to using their adopted children to run an illegal puppy mill operation in Hunt County.

Jeffery Leon Barrett and Barbara Jean Barrett, both of Greenville, were charged with trafficking of persons-continuous in August. Since then, a trial was set for Oct. 15, 2018, however, a motion was filed with the court seeking a continuance to allow more time to prepare for the case.

Judge Duncan Thomas agreed to the motion and the trial was reset for Jan. 7, 2019.

The Barretts are accused of pulling their five adopted children out of school to work on the family’s puppy mill operation. In addition, four of the five children reportedly were found with marks, bruises, scars and open wounds in different stages of healing, according to arrest affidavits.

Jeffery Barrett remains in the Hunt County Detention Center in lieu of $655,000, while Barbara Barrett was released on bond.

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