Monica Cooper, a Harris County Deputy Sheriff, was charged with two counts of animal cruelty on Monday and placed on paid administrative leave while authorities investigate the charges.
According to kbtx.com, two terribly emaciated and weak horses were dropped off at a Splendora stable on July 1. The woman driving the pickup truck with the stock trailer allegedly told the volunteer at the stable she was with Montgomery County, but sped off before the volunteer saw the egregious physical conditions suffered by the two horses. Despite the stable and veterinarian valiant efforts to save the horses, one horse died.
Abclocal.go reports Cooper, 54, from Huffman is a 17 year veteran of the Harris County Deputy Office. Cooper was arrested and released on $2,000 bond. A statement from the HCSO told eyewitness news:
"Although the criminal charge against her does not appear to directly involve her HCSO duties, all law enforcement employees are expected to set an example in following all laws."
Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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