Woman convicted of animal cruelty in horse case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

HOWELL, Mich A Livingston County woman has been convicted of animal cruelty in the death of one horse and the care of two other horses that authorities say were malnourished.

The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell reports the conviction of Velva Jean Wainscott of Cohoctah Township followed a bench trial. Sentencing is June 18.

Livingston County Animal Control officers went to Wainscott's farm Jan. 12 after a 911 caller reported seeing a dead horse. Witnesses testified that water for Wainscott's horses was frozen and their hay was filled with feces and urine, making it inedible.

Wainscott testified that her horses had adequate water and feed. She says she fed them twice a day and if she was unable to do it, she had many friends who helped her.

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