A Harrah woman accused of starving one horse to death and nearly starving a second one will face trial on felony animal cruelty charges, a judge ruled Wednesday.
The attorney for Billie Deann Vandergriff argued that Vandergriff, 50, did not intend to neglect either horse but could not afford to buy food for the animals.
A deputy sheriff checking on a neglected horse report Dec. 10 in the 8500 block of N Dobbs Road in unincorporated Oklahoma County said he encountered a malnourished horse with clean water but no feed.
An equine veterinarian who treated the surviving horse said the animal was malnourished and “extremely emaciated.”
“I couldn't find any medical reason for the horse to be that emaciated,” Dr. Charlotte Kin testified.
Special Judge Larry A. Jones said that while he did not believe Vandergriff tried to starve the animals to death, she was responsible for their care and he found enough evidence that a crime was committed.