Skinny horse may send woman to prison |

Skinny horse may send woman to prison

Andrew Villegas
Greeley Tribune
Vail, CO Colorado

GREELEY ” An Eaton woman faces a possible three years in prison after being convicted Thursday morning of aggrevated cruelty to animals after a horse under her care died from malnutrition.

Jacqueline Lovelace, 61, was initially to be charged with a misdemeanor after animal control officers found her horse “Mississippi” about 350 pounds underweight, but the charge was later elevated to a class-six felony after a necropsy revealed the horse was malnourished.

Lovelace’s lawyer had argued in the case that Lovelace loved the horse and that Lovelace and her husband regularly fed the animal, but Deputy District Attorney Matthew Pring insisted that Lovelace, an animal-supply store owner, let the horse starve.

At one point, Lovelace called a horse rescuer to help her with caring for the horse. Despite the rescuer’s attempts to care for the horse, the mare died in late July 2006.

When the horse died, it weighed 675 pounds, which Pring said earlier in the trial was well short of the over 1,000 pounds it should have weighed. The horse was 24 years old.

Lovelace will be sentenced at 2 p.m. July 26, in Weld County District Court. Until then, she will remain free on $30,000 bond but will have to have a third party care for her remaining 38 horses, according to a press release from the Weld District Attorney’s office.

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