Tory Morgan pleaded guilty to 10 counts of animal cruelty Thursday. She is the West Virginia horse breeder that was under investigation for neglecting more than 40 horses, half of which were found dead on her farm.
She was sentenced to 120 days in jail, but the West Virginia Gazette reports she will spend only 75 days on supervised release. She will then serve one year probation and is responsible for costs and fines.
Morgan agreed to relinquish ownership of the 20 surviving horses as part of the plea deal. The horses will be placed in new homes.
West Virginia horse breeder Tory Morgan is facing 36 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty for the alleged maltreatment of her horses.
The charges stem from an investigation at Morgan’s property on January 18. Officials obtained a search warrant after they received a tip about a horse that reportedly died by the road. Deputies found more than a dozen horse carcasses scattered across the property. The 20 horses found alive were seized.
Morgan owns Shatormar Arabians which she advertises as “breed[ing] purebred pinto/sabino Arabians of primarily Crabbet and spanish bloodlines and pinto half-Arab Sport Ponies.” She relocated her operation to Spencer from Pennsylvania in 2012.
Morgan turned herself in over the weekend after an arrest warrant was issued by authorities.
She was arraigned in Roane County Magistrate Court and remains behind bars. Her bail is set at $90,000.
Morgan is scheduled to be back in court on February 1.
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