- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The owner of 14 horses found dead in a barn near Colorado Springs in September has pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty.

Sherri Brunzell of Black Forest entered the plea on Wednesday.

She allegedly told investigators the animals died during the winter from colic, and that she and her husband didn’t hire a veterinarian because it would have been too expensive. Authorities removed six stallions and four mares from her care and Brunzell has been ordered to pay $5,400 a month for their care.

The Gazette (https://bit.ly/16vImvu) reports that Brunzell is scheduled to go on trial on Feb. 24. Her lawyer wouldn’t comment on whether a plea agreement was likely before then, citing a gag order in the case.

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Information from: The Gazette, https://www.gazette.com


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