Duke was "rescued" by Aron Jacques in November 2013 from animal control. He was dead within months.
The arraignment has been postponed for a California horse trainer charged in the starvation deaths of multiple horses.
Aron Jacques, who goes by the alias Aryn Jacques, was scheduled for arraignment at the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Antelope Valley Branch on Wednesday. The proceeding has been rescheduled for December 4th.
Jacques, of Santa Clarita, is charged with four felony counts of cruelty to an animal and five misdemeanor counts of failure to care for an animal. Two horses died and two were euthanized as a result of the defendant’s negligent care, according to the prosecutor. Each of the nine counts represents a horse.
Rate My Horse PRO first broke this story in early 2014 after authorities began investigating the hunter/jumper trainer and self-proclaimed horse rescuer. Five emaciated horses were seized by the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control from Jacques in February. The agency seized three horses it adopted to Jacques in November 2013. One was later euthanized.
The fourth horse she adopted from animal control was already dead upon their arrival (top). A necropsy was not performed.
A warrant was issued in June for Jacques. She was arrested on September 11th and posted $50,000 bond 17 days later.
If convicted, Jacques faces a maximum sentence of up to seven and a half years in prison.
The case remains under investigation.