A Pierce County woman is accused of starving one of her horses because she didn’t want to pay $200 to have it euthanized.
Prosecutors have charged the woman with first-degree animal cruelty. She has not been arrested.
The mare was seized by animal control officers in February and euthanized.
Animal control officers went to visit the mare after receiving a complaint that she was severely underweight.
They found the horse had cracked and overgrown hooves and worn off hair on its muzzle and cheeks from a halter that had been left on for an extended period, according to court records.
There was also a note tacked to the gate from a man offering to take the two horses if the owner didn’t want them.
After the owner did not respond to the animal control officer’s request for a phone call, the officer got a warrant to seize the mare and an obese chocolate palomino on the property.
When the owner did call the officer, she said she had looked into euthanizing the horse but didn’t want to pay the money and thought it was “cruel and unusual” to have somebody shoot the horse in the head to kill it, which is the typical method.