California Horse Sanctuary Manager Convicted of Cruelty

The manager of a horse sanctuary shut down last month by Los Angeles County, Calif., authorities will spend more than two years in prison after being convicted on animal cruelty charges.

During a June 30 appearance in Antonovich Antelope Valley Court, Janis Damiani, manager of the Equus Sanctuary in Pearblossom, was sentenced to two years and eight months in state prison on one court of felony animal cruelty, said Jane Robison, press secretary for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

Another 29 cruelty charges were dropped, Robison said.

Damiani was arrested on June 16 after Los Angeles County authorities discovered 100 horses, many of them allegedly malnourished, residing at the sanctuary. Authorities said there was no running water or food available. (For more on this see Horses Seized from California Sanctuary.)

Nearly 90 horses were removed from the property, and 12 were euthanized at the scene.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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