Teresa Martin was sentenced on Friday to 15 years in prison by Judge Blair Jones in Carbon County District Court for taking possession of horses and neglecting them for the second time reported the Billings Gazette.
Judge Jones suspended 13 years of the prison sentence, but also banned Martin from ever owning anymore animals including "goldfish," stating the photos of the horses Martin had neglected were "heartbreaking."
In 2011, Martin and her husband Jack pleaded no contest to numerous counts of felony aggravated cruelty in the deaths of seven horse and the apparent neglect of many others. The couple owned 65 horses at their Sand Creek property and were ordered to relocate all of the horses. Jack Martin received a four-year suspended sentence for his part in the animal neglect, and Teresa received a four-year deferred sentence providing she find new homes for all of the horses.
This past July, authorities discovered 12 horses on the property, and they were so starved, the horses had eaten off their tails. At sentencing Judge Jones stated:
“If she’s going to treat horses in the way she’s treated them, she’s forfeited any right to own any animals. When you look at the condition of these horses, it’s heartbreaking.”
Jack Martin was re-sentenced to two years in prison. Teresa Martin was also ordered to pay restitution of $931 to Carbon County and $6,248 to Beartooth Humane Alliance for hay donations.
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