SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Two Oregon women have pleaded guilty and been given suspended one-year sentences for abusing horses.

The Statesman Journal reports ( ) that Marion County sheriff's deputies rescued several horses and a foal in late June that were suffering from extreme malnutrition and abuse. Authorities say the horses were in the care of Janet Spears and Rachael Frazeur and that Spears, of Sublimity, Ore., was the owner.

A veterinarian found that one horse had several serious wounds and had to be euthanized. The foal is now ready for adoption.

Both women pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated animal abuse, which is a felony. They also pleaded guilty to first-degree animal neglect and second-degree animal abuse.

Judge Lindsay Partridge told the women they will go to jail for the remainder of their sentences if they violate their supervised probation, which imposes restrictions on their contact with animals.


Information from: Statesman Journal,

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