Colorado Woman found Guilty in Horse Cruelty Case

A Colorado woman will serve prison time connected to animal cruelty charges involving horses removed from her property in 2012.

In January 2012 authorities discovered 34 horses, donkeys, and mules, along with 31 dogs, a cat, and a llama, residing on a Boone Colorado, property; the remains of two horses and a donkey were also discovered on the property. The surviving equids were allegedly malnourished and living in deplorable conditions with access to feed or water, officials said at the time. The animals’ owner, Valarie Christine Harris, was subsequently arrested and charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty. 

Gretchen M. Pressley, communications specialist at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, said that a jury found Harris guilty on 22 animal cruelty charges against her in April.

On June 13, Harris was sentenced to serve three years in prison on seven counts of aggravated animal cruelty, Pressley said. Harris was also sentenced to 10 years probation on 15 animal cruelty counts and is forbidden to own or be around animals during her probation, Pressley said.

Harris was unavailable for comment.

Pressley said that since their seizure all the animals involved in the removal have been rehabilitated and placed in new adoptive homes.

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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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