WOODSTOCK, Ill. (STMW) — A Des Plaines woman has been convicted of animal cruelty and neglect after she mistreated and starved horses at a Crystal Lake boarding facility in 2010.
Jamie Koy, 37, was found guilty of eight misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and 16 counts of neglect of owner’s duties after the seven-day jury trial.
Koy and Shannon Riley, 21, of Chicago, were arrested last August after McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies found several poorly fed horses suffering from malnutrition and starvation at a facility on East Hillside Drive.
The arrests culminated a four-month long investigation stemming from complaints about the condition of the horses kept in the Woodstock barn. The horses were later moved to the Crystal Lake property.
Five horses were later turned over to McHenry County Animal Control, at which time they were rehabilitated at the Hooved Animal Society of Woodstock and the University of Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Two of the horses had to be euthanized because of their emaciated conditions, according to the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Koy will be sentenced in July and faces up to a year in jail and $2,500 in fines.
Riley’s case is set for a status update in June. A trial date has not been set.
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