Former Horse Rescue Operator Sentenced to 12 Years for Animal Cruelty A buckskin after being rehabbed (above) and when the horse was rescued (below) from Rocky Acres Horse Rescue and Sanctuary.

Former Horse Rescue Operator Sentenced to 12 Years for Animal Cruelty

A former Montana horse rescue operator was sentenced to 12-years in prison on Friday. Thomas Jessberger was one of the operators of the now defunct Rocky Acres Horse Rescue and Sanctuary.
Jessberger and Dalene Rindal were both charged with 34 felony counts of animal cruelty in 2014. Dozens of maltreated and emaciated horses were seized from the purported rescue near Townsend. Jessberger’s co-defendant Rindal is scheduled for trial in March.
Thomas Jessberger sentenced horse rescue animal crueltyJessberger has a prior criminal record and ran from Montana authorities for 5-months while out on bond. He was captured in Florida.
Jessberger pleaded no-contest to 15 felony counts in October. He faced up to 20-years in prison.
Jessberger is currently serving a five-year sentence in an unrelated theft case.