A Utah judge refused to throw out the animal cruelty case against horse trainer and clinician Shamus Haws on Friday. Haws is charged with 11 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty after 10 of his horses died from dehydration, according to authorities.
Last summer ten of Haws’ horses died after being found without water. One did survive, but was severely dehydrated. According to court documents, Haws told authorities he checked the horses two days prior to their bodies being discovered, but did not enter the pasture.
Haws wanted the charges dismissed based on “a standard of care in the community“.
Judge Shauna Graves-Robertson heard oral arguments from the prosecution and defense before she ruled the case will go to a jury trial. Haws’ defense attorney Jay Kessler said he had no comment when we reached him by phone after the hearing.
Haws is scheduled to stand trial on June 18th. If convicted, he faces a maximum of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $11,000.