Women convicted in horse starvation case

Women convicted in horse starvation case

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Two women have been convicted of animal abuse in a Douglas County court, in the case involving Grace, the horse that was found suffering from severe malnutrition.

The case stemmed from when Douglas County animal control picked up the mare in august of last year, that was described as skin and bone, with vertebrae visible on the side of her neck.

Teresa Ann Dicke, 50, Linda Fessenden, 49, were both convicted in the four day trial in Judge George Ambrosini's courtroom Tuesday afternoon.

Dicke was found guilty of first degree animal abuse and first degree animal neglect. Fessenden was convicted of second degree animal neglect.

Grace was nursed back to health at the Strawberry Mountain Mustangs horse rescue, and recently passed away due to health complications.

Sentencing for the two women his set for October 24 at 1:00 p.m.