Aron Jacques is charged in the death of four horses, including Duke.
A former California hunter/jumper trainer charged with felony animal cruelty is in jail after failing to appear at a pretrial hearing Tuesday. The court issued a warrant for Aron Jacques’s arrest.
Jacques appeared in court late and was remanded into custody. This is the third time Jacques failed to appear for a court hearing. Justin Sterling, Jacques’s defense attorney, was relieved from the case.
Jacques is charged with four felony counts of animal cruelty and five misdemeanor counts of failure to care for an animal. The felony counts represent two horses that died and another two that were euthanized, allegedly due to the defendant’s negligence.
Jacques adopted four horses from Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control in November 2013. A horse named Duke and another rescue were among the four horses that didn’t make it, according to the complaint.
If found guilty, Jacques faces a maximum sentence of more than seven-years in prison.
Jacques is being held on $250,000 bail. Her next court appearance is scheduled for October 27.