Update: A February jury trial ended in the conviction of purported horse rescuer Cassy Newell-Reed for misdemeanor animal cruelty.

New Beginnings Horse Rescue Operator Indicted for Animal Cruelty

Cassy Newell-Reed

A grand jury indicted Cassy Newell-Reed of New Beginnings Horse Rescue on two counts of animal cruelty October 2016.
Cassy Newell-Reed of New Beginnings Horse Rescue

Reports of malnourished horses led to the indictment of a Virginia horse rescue operator on two animal cruelty charges.

A King William Grand Jury indicted Cassy Newell-Reed of New Beginnings Horse Rescue on Thursday. Authorities arrested her Saturday.

Officials originally seized 42 horses from the purported rescue in June.

In mid-July, a judge ordered the horses returned due to insufficient evidence for their removal. Newell-Reed faced three misdemeanor animal cruelty charges at the time.

In the end, the commonwealth attorney nolle prossed the charges against Newell-Reed but said he may seek an indictment.

Authorities released Newell-Reed on $1,000 secured bond. She is scheduled for arraignment on October 26.

 

Animal Cruelty Update

A February jury trial ended in the conviction of purported horse rescuer Cassy Newell-Reed for misdemeanor animal cruelty.

A judge sentenced Newell-Reed to pay a $200 fine and $105 in fees.