HANOVER, VA (WWBT) – A Hanover woman is charged with eleven counts of animal cruelty. Police say, the 35 year old Karyn Hale, had been warned in the past to take better care of the animals.
Hale owns Crossroads Farm. Police say in November of last year they went to Hale's farm after receiving complaints of animal mistreatment. Hale was told her horses were severely malnourished and was advised to correct the problem. Several months later, in January, investigators went to the farm to follow-up.
They found a 20 year old Arabian horse named Scarlett dead. Ten other horses were described as emaciated.
We went to Hale's home but got no answer. A car bearing the name of her business was in the driveway. News of the arrest is the talk of the town especially among horse owners.
"It's just unbelievable to me how people would treat animals. It's shocking that people would do that sort of thing. You wouldn't do a child like that," said Ernest Goodman.
Goodman has cared for his horse, Speckles, for five years.
"Animals are pets and should be treated like pets and you should take care of them, feed them, and see that they have water," said Goodman.
Police say Hales's horses were starved for months -- between November last year and January of this year.
If convicted, Hale faces a $2,500 fine and a year behind bars for each charge. Hale is scheduled to appear in court later this week. We're told the animals in question have been removed and are being treated.