Devil's Sis was one of the horses seized by authorities from Gray Fox Farm.
Accused of abusing her horses, the owner of Gray Fox Farm, in California, is scheduled to be back in court Monday for day five of her preliminary hearing.
Warmblood breeder Jill Burnell is charged with 5 felony counts of animal cruelty, 5 misdemeanor counts of keeping an animal without proper care, and 2 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. Her husband, Alex, faces the same charges. Both have pleaded not guilty.
Two misdemeanor counts, operating a commercial animal establishment without a permit and depriving Red Wine with the necessary substance, drink and shelter, were dropped this month from the pair’s original criminal complaint. Attorney Maggie Weems represents the Burnells. “I think the DA will start dropping other charges if not dismissing the whole thing in the “interests of justice.”
Marin Humane Society Animal Services began investigating Gray Fox Farm in October 2012. Two horses were seized initially in late December after a stallion fight. Another two were pulled by the agency in January.
Under the felony charges, prosecutors allege the defendants subjected Romatic Star, Pookie (Devil’s Sis), Radieshen, Blackie, and Nutsie to “needless suffering, or inflicted unnecessary cruelty upon the animal[s], or in any manner abused the animal[s], or failed to provide the animal[s] with proper food, drink or shelter or protection from the weather.”
When we reached Deputy District Attorney Lori Frugoli, she said says she doesn’t comment on active cases.
Once testimony is completed, Judge James Ritchie will rule if there is enough evidence for the Burnells to be bound over for trial.
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