Cruelty charge dismissed against owner of horses

COHOCTAH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A judge has agreed to dismiss an animal cruelty charge involving a dozen horses that was brought against a 71-year-old Michigan woman.

The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell and WHMI-FM report the decision in the case against the horses' owner Velva Wainscott came last week.

Officials say the horses were found last year without food or fresh water at Wainscott's farm in Cohoctah Township, about 55 miles northwest of Detroit.

Wainscott, who had been awaiting trial, denied neglecting the horses. She says she's pleased with the decision to dismiss the charge.

In March, a ruling allowed Wainscott to retain ownership of the horses.

Published: Mon, Jul 15, 2013