HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - A Hanover County woman was convicted Thursday on 11 counts of animal cruelty after one horse was found dead on the property and 10 others were found suffering from neglect and starvation, according to a release from the United States Equine Rescue League.
The horses were located in western Hanover County on property owned by Karyn Hale of Mechanicsville. They were seized January 12 by Hanover County Animal Control assisted by volunteers from the United States Equine Rescue League. Hale had failed to follow care and feeding recommendations given her by a local veterinarian and Hanover County Animal Control on a previous visit.
Besides starvation, the horses suffered from lice, skin infections, open sores, severely long hooves and most were encrusted with feces.
Hale was admonished for neglecting and starving the horses. She was sentenced to 110 days active jail time. Hale was also ordered not to own or care for any horses or other livestock for 24 months and after that time can approach the court for permission. She also lost ownership of the nine horses owned by her. The tenth horse, boarded by Hale, was returned to its owner a few weeks after seizure.
The nine horses are still being cared for and rehabilitated by the United States Equine Rescue League in the Richmond area. It is expected the horses will be released into the permanent custody of the USERL within the next several days.