Woman accused of starving horse to death

A Harrah woman was charged with two counts of animal cruelty after a starving horse and a dead horse were found on her property in eastern Oklahoma County.
by Tim Willert Published: January 9, 2013
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A Harrah woman with a criminal past is accused of starving one horse to death and nearly starving a second one, court papers show.

Billie Deann Vandergriff, 49, was charged Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court with two counts of felony animal cruelty, records show.

A deputy sheriff checking on a neglected horse Dec. 10 in the 8500 block of N Dobbs Road said the horse appeared to be malnourished with “relatively clean water” but no feed, according to a probable cause affidavit.

“The horse appeared to be very feeble, extremely underweight, skeletal bones visible through the skin,” the deputy wrote in a probable cause affidavit.

The deputy said he observed a burial site in the front yard of the residence where another horse recently had been buried. The horse died in a stall lying in a pile of its own feces, the affidavit shows.

Vandergriff could not produce any receipts for feed or hay, despite claiming she purchased the items at a local feed store, the deputy reported.

Employees of the store did not recognize the woman as a customer when the deputy showed them a photo of her, the affidavit states.

Vandergriff said she had never had either of the horses treated by a veterinarian, the deputy reported.

She has prior convictions in Oklahoma County for assault and battery upon a police officer, malicious injury and destruction, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, court records show.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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