RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A woman has been arrested in connection with the more than 20 horses found dead in North Carolina.

News outlets report 64-year-old Janet Elaine Laven Burleson is charged with 24 counts of animal cruelty, covering the 22 horses and one dog found dead last week, as well as one sick dog.

Wake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Eric Curry said Wednesday that a necropsy of four horses indicated they died from starvation.

An arrest warrant says the horses were deprived of adequate food and water and were locked inside a small pen that prevented them from fending for survival. The sheriff’s office said Burleson owned the horses, but stopped taking care of them months ago.

Tax records indicate the property belonged to Burleson’s deceased parents.

Reports didn’t include comment from Burleson.

*Editor's note: A criminal charge is an accusation, by law, a person accused of a crime is innocent until proven in a court of law.


Comments (0)

Rated 0 out of 5 based on 0 voters
There are no comments posted here yet

Leave your comments

  1. Posting comment as a guest. Sign up or login to your account.
Rate this post:
Attachments (0 / 3)
Share Your Location
Type the text presented in the image below

Most Read

WNCTIMES ON TWITTER

1 dead, several injured in California School Shooting https://t.co/9IDin9tevd schoolshooting California… https://t.co/woPCGrc9kl
Less than a minute ago
Some homeless shelters bar men over security concerns https://t.co/b4tG7ymX42 Homeless Shelter Asheville… https://t.co/m1VeZmUwpD
Less than a minute ago
Motorola Flips for its Futuristic Foldable Phone https://t.co/lWvHqulCF1 MotorolaRAZR FlipPhone cellphone… https://t.co/O6VvqXXN4Z
Less than a minute ago
At least 6 hurt in Southern California High School Shooting https://t.co/Jq2Kait6SD California SchoolShooting… https://t.co/bS3gEIzDm9
Less than a minute ago
RT @theavltoday: 6 new firefighters will be hired by the @CityofAsheville. 🚒 https://t.co/sQ2jw6KffP
Less than a minute ago