The Oakland County Sheriff's Office released a statement on Monday informing the public that the two deputies charged with two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty have been relieved of their police powers pending the outcome of the case. Three horses were removed from their property located at Five Lakes Road in Lapeer.
The affluent area of Oakland County is part of the Detroit metropolitan area.
On Friday, James Willyard and his wife Georgia, both Oakland County Sheriff deputies, were arraigned for alleged animal neglect of their daughter's three horses, Loot, Jasmine, and Lucy.
According to wxyz.com, charges were also levied against the couple's daughter, Molly Mekoski. All three adults legally share responsibility of the welfare of the horses.
Beyond the Roses Equine located in Emmett will be in charge of the horses' care. According to the organization's Facebook page, the horses are 100 to 200 pounds underweight, their hooves are too long and uncared for, and their coats and manes are neglected and full of burrs.
The county has petitioned the court for possession of the horses.
The next court appearance is scheduled for Mar. 20.
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