Grand Jury Indicts Monica Thors for Animal Cruelty in Horses' Deaths

Monica Thors Pleads Not Guilty to Animal Cruelty in Horses’ Deaths

Four Horses Dead

A former New Jersey horse rescuer accused of knowingly causing serious bodily injury to her horses, which led to their deaths, pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday. Monica Thors, of Mullica Hill, is charged with four third-degree counts and five fourth-degree counts of animal cruelty.

Thors was charged after she allegedly failed to follow veterinarian recommendations to address her horses’ health problems, including chronic laminitis. Her horses were overweight and she allegedly failed to make changes to their diet. Four of the horses died or were euthanized.

Thors is a former harness racing trainer that operated the 501(c)(3) organization Monica Thors Animal Rescue, Inc when she was under investigation. The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJ SPCA) said it began investigating Thors in August 2013. No action was taken until the abuse allegations against Thors were made public on social media.

Seven horses and a goat were seized from Thors in December 2014. Vets euthanized two horses at that time.

Thors was initially cited with inflicting unnecessary cruelty upon a living creature and one count of failure to provide necessary care. Her charges were upgraded to felonies after her case went before a grand jury in June.

If convicted, Thors faces up to five-years in prison for each third-degree crime.

Thors is scheduled to be back in court on December 11.

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