MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- A Central Point woman has been sentenced to 18 months probation after pleading guilty to neglecting her horses.

Jackson County Judge Ray White also ordered 58-year-old Debbie Tabor to refrain from owning horses for 18 months or caring for domestic pets for five years.

Prosecutor Jeremy Markiewicz says the judge could not legally limit Tabor's ownership of horses for a period longer than her probation. He says horses are considered livestock and have fewer protections than domestic animals.

One of Tabor's five horses was dead when authorities arrived in mid-August 2008 to investigate a complaint of animal starvation. The four surviving horses are in good condition and available for adoption.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/

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