ROSEBURG, Ore. - Two Douglas County women have been sentenced to jail for allowing an old horse with special dietary needs to starve.
The News-Review newspaper reports 50-year-old Teresa Ann Dicke was sentenced Tuesday to eight months and 49-year-old Linda Diane Fessenden to 90 days.
The horse was an old mare that could not digest hay, and had to be fed special feed pellets soaked in mush. It was named Molly but became known as Grace after its rescue.
Authorities say the two women stopped feeding the horse for six months before it was taken from Dicke's property in Winston by Douglas County Animal Control. It was put down a year later still suffering the effects of malnutrition.