Woman gets jail for neglect of horses in western Michigan

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A woman has been sentenced to 45 days in jail for the neglect of nine horses in western Michigan.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports Krystal Smith, former supervisor of Cedar Creek Township in Muskegon County, also was placed Thursday on probation for two years for the misdemeanor animal neglect charge. During that time she isn’t permitted to own or care for horses or other farm animals.

Muskegon County District Court Judge Raymond Kostrzewa said that several of the horses were on “the brink of death” when they were rescued last August .

Smith told the judge she was suffering from depression and “was not in a good spot” at the time the horses were neglected. She pleaded guilty in December and resigned this month from her post as township supervisor.

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