A warrant has been issued for a California horse trainer after she was a no-show in court Wednesday morning. Aron Jacques was scheduled to appear on charges for the alleged maltreatment of nine horses.
Jacques missed her hearing for the second time, but appeared at the courthouse in the afternoon. “The courtroom had closed for the day so the bench warrant stands as of right now,” said Ricardo Santiago, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesperson. Santiago tells Rate My Horse PRO that Jacques may appear on Thursday.
A judge bound Jacques over for trial last month. She is charged with four felony counts of cruelty to an animal and five misdemeanor counts of failure to care for an animal. The felony counts represent two horses that died and two others that were euthanized, allegedly due to the defendant’s negligent care.
Jacques is represented by alternate public defender Hung Phi Du. If she is found guilty on all counts, she faces a maximum sentence of up to seven and a half years in prison.
Deputy District Attorney Daniel Rochmes is prosecuting the case.