Sabrina Carmack has entered not guilty pleas to nine misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty after Canyon County Anima Control deputies seized four horses and six goats from her rural Caldwell home late late last month.
Sheriffs officials say the animals are currently being treated for malnutrition other undisclosed health-related issues by a local veterinarian.
One of the horses taken from the home, (28811 Old Hwy 30, near Caldwell) had to be euthanized, Canyon County Chief Deputy Kieran Donahue said Friday. Two of the goats were pregnant and have since given birth. Those kids appear to be OK, Donahue said.
The 57-year-old Carmack is currently on probation after pleading guilty in November to a misdemeanor charge of having too many dogs without a kennel license. Court records indicate that probation was to last for 90 days.
Deputies began their investigation after getting a citizen tip last month. Deputies said the animals were "emaciated," Donahue said.
Deputies consulted with three different vets, who all agreed the animals needed to be seized, Donahue said.
While the horses and goats are in a secure location, they are still the property of Carmack, and will remain so until the case is settled in court. Canyon County is now paying for the animal's care. Prosecutors will have to decide when the case is over if they want to seek financial restitution.
Carmack, who is being represented by a public defender, has a pretrial hearing on the nine misdemeanor cruelty charges set for Jan 14 in front of 3rd District Magistrate Jerold Lee.
Each misdemeanor cruelty charge is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Police have charged Carmack with several misdemeanor counts of failure to purchase a dog license and given her numerous tickets for canines running at large in Canyon County over the last few years but many of those cases were dismissed, according to Idaho court records.
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