A Washington court upheld the seizure of 14 horses from the operators of the Emerald City Thoroughbred Project Friday.
Superior Court Judge Scott Sparks ruled in favor of the Kittitas County Sheriff Department and the horses were forfeited to law enforcement.
The emaciated horses were seized by Kittitas County officials in May after an animal cruelty investigation at the Cle Elum horse rescue. Deborah and James Kingcade, the rescue’s operators, are each charged with two felony counts and 12 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. Both pleaded not guilty.
The horses, which have been rehabbed by Rodeo City Equine Rescue and a group of local veterinarians, farriers, and other volunteers, will be available for adoption soon.
The Kingcades are scheduled for trial on September 8.