Aron Jacques adopted Duke and three other horses from Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control in November 2013. Duke and another rescue were among the four horses that died or were euthanized, according to the felony complaint.
A California horse trainer is facing several felony animal cruelty charges for four horses’ deaths allegedly due to her lack of care.
Aron Jacques, who has been utilizing the alias Aryn Jacques, is charged with four counts of felony cruelty to an animal and five misdemeanor counts of failing to care for an animal. A judge set Jacques’s bond at $50,000 on Monday. She remains behind bars.
If convicted, Jacques faces a maximum of seven and a half years in jail.
Jacques was arrested by an officer with the California Highway Patrol in the early hours of September 11th on an open warrant in Los Angeles County.
Authorities began investigating the hunter/jumper trainer and self-proclaimed horse rescuer in early 2014. In February, five emaciated horses were seized by the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control from Jacques. The agency seized three horses it adopted to Jacques in November 2013, one was later euthanized.
The fourth horse Jacques adopted from animal control was already dead in a stall. A necropsy was not performed.
LA Animal Care and Control does not do home inspections or criminal background checks on potential adopters prior to placing their horses in new homes.
Jen Arevalo boarded her horses at the Leona Valley farm until early this year. The new mother of twins had not been to the barn, but she says she thought she could trust Jacques — since she knew her for years. Her gelding (left) was euthanized due to his poor condition not long after she removed her horses from the stable. “It [the charges] can’t bring him back. I’m not out for revenge, but I’m glad there is justice for the horses that suffered and those who died,” says Arevalo.
Seven horses reportedly owned by Jacques remain at a farm in San Bernardino County and are in poor condition.
Jacques’s arraignment is scheduled for October 15, according to the prosecutor’s office.