Marin Horse Breeders Charged With Felony Animal Abuse

By Chris Roberts
|  Friday, Jun 14, 2013  |  Updated 5:09 PM PDT
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Owners of a horse farm in Marin County have been sued for allegedly mistreating their animals.

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A pair of horse breeders from Marin County have been charged with felonies for allegedly abusing their four-hooved equine pals, according to reports.

Jill and Alex Burnett of Gray Fox Farms LLC have been charged with five counts of animal cruelty, according to the Marin Independent Journal.

Misdemeanors were also added to their laundry list of charges for allegedly mistreating up to eight horses at its farm near Chileno Valley.

The criminal charges follow an investigation from the Marin Human Society, which has been trying to dig up dirt on the Burnetts' ranch since December.

Animal welfare officers subsequently confiscated three mares and an injured stallion. Photos of the horses with their ribs protruding, as a result of "alleged" malnourishment, can also be found online.

The ranch, meanwhile, has sued the humane society, demanding return of the horses.

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