Owner of Malnourished Horses a No-Show in Court, Found Guilty - WSPA.com

Owner of Malnourished Horses a No-Show in Court, Found Guilty

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LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. -

A Gray Court woman may have to spend time behind bars, after Animal Control officers found malnourished horses on her property.

Laurens County Animal Control removed two horses from a pasture in Gray Court in January. Those animals are now being cared for at Big Oaks Rescue Farm in Greenwood. A third horse found on the property was already dead due to apparent starvation and cold.

The horses' owner, Patty O'Neil, was expected in court Wednesday on charges of Ill Treatment to Animals and Failure to Bury an Animal. However, she never showed.

The judge found her guilty on all three charges. She will now have to spend 30 days in jail or pay a fine of $500 per charge.

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