I arrived home this morning around 1:30 after a trial that lasted over 16 hours on the case that involved Ebony, a mare we took in February of 2014. As the picture shows, Ebony fought hard to live and she did survive thanks to the help of many volunteers who came out on several occasions to help get her to her feet. Justice has finally been served. Several people were charged. All but one, pled out and received a sentence of 12 months probation. One person, Randall Rigby, held out for trial and was found GUILTY just after midnight on two counts of felony animal cruelty and two counts of misdemeanors (confinement without adequate food and water). Mr. Rigby already has an extensive criminal history, so he is facing a minimum of 3 and 1/2 years up to 10 years in state prison. It was a long day and night, but I along with animal control officers who worked the case stayed at the courthouse until the jury reached their decision well after midnight. I would like to thank all the people who put countless hours into this case, the investigators, state attorneys, witnesses, veterinarians and jurors. And also thanks to all who had a hand in helping the horses that were seized from that property. It has been a long hard case, but justice has been served. Sadly, we couldn’t save them all. For some, we arrived too late and they died a horrible death. For those we did save, we are so grateful that we reached them in time. And to all who helped with Ebony through donations and helping us to pick her up, PER and Ebony want to thank you also!
For News Stories on the trial click here: http://www.pnj.com/story/news/crime/2015/06/03/trial-horse-deaths-maltreatment-begins/28450023/