Former Rescue Operator Pleads Guilty to Animal Cruelty

Former equine rescue operator Dean Solomon pleaded guilty to four counts of second degree animal cruelty under a plea agreement entered during her King County, Wash., Superior Court appearance on Nov. 6.

Solomon operated the Pacific Equestrian Center and the Washington Thoroughbred Transitional Facility. She was charged with cruelty last spring after county animal welfare authorities discovered horses residing in muddy pastures on her 11-acre Auburn, Wash., property without adequate food, water, or sanitation. After charges were filed, Solomon voluntarily relocated her horses to other nearby rescues and individuals.

Under terms of the plea deal, Solomon would serve community service, receive psychological counseling, and be barred from owning horses until she demonstrates her ability to appropriately care for them.

Details will be finalized during her sentencing, which is slated for Dec. 5.

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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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