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Woman faces cruelty charges after dead, sick horses found

March 19, 2019

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say a 72-year-old woman faces charges after more than 20 malnourished horses and two dead ones were found at her desert property in Southern California.

The Los Angeles Times reports Jessica Porter Warren pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to multiple felonies and misdemeanors, including animal cruelty.

Animal care officers discovered horses in bad condition last year at Warren’s property in Lancaster. Prosecutors say two horses died while the authorities were at the property and two more had to be euthanized later.

Bail is set at $200,000. If convicted as charged, Warren faces a possible maximum sentence of more than 10 years in jail.

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