Charges Recommended in California Horses' Deaths Jen Arevalo's gelding is shown when he arrived at Aryn Jacques' barn (top) and when he left in February (bottom.)    

Charges Recommended in California Horses’ Deaths

 

Animal control officials in Los Angeles are recommending animal cruelty charges be brought against a California horse trainer.

Sgt. Rachel Montez-Kemp of the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control says the agency has completed its animal neglect investigation into Aryn Jacques. The case was referred to the District Attorney’s office last week. Sgt. Montez-Kemp says she recommended 12 felony counts of animal cruelty be brought against the trainer and self-proclaimed horse rescuer.

Authorities began investigating Jacques in February when she was running her hunter/jumper business, Equine Avenue, out of a Leona Valley farm. Five emaciated horses were seized. Included were three equines Jacques adopted from LA’s Animal Care and Control in November 2013. The fourth horse she adopted from the group now recommending the abuse charges was found dead. A necropsy was not performed.

Rate My Horse PRO has confirmed that LA Animal Care and Control does not do home checks before adopting out horses.

The recommended charges include three horses that died or were euthanized after being in Jacques’ care.

Jen Arevalo told us in February she thought she escaped with her horses’ lives, but in the end one was lost. Arevalo boarded her horses with Jacques until she was notified they were in danger. The new mother of twins hadn’t been to the barn, but she says she thought she could trust Jacques after knowing her for 7-years. Arevalo’s horses were moved to a new farm in February. One of her horses was euthanized on April 1, (see photo) despite veterinary intervention.

Jacques moved her horses to Foxcroft Farm in Chino after the investigation began and has reportedly relocated again.

The prosecutor’s office will decide if charges are filed based on whether there is enough evidence to support a conviction.