Women sentenced for starving Grace the horse

Women sentenced for starving Grace the horse

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The women found guilty of animal neglect charges in the case involving Grace the horse, have been sentenced to jail time, but are allowed to own horses again.

Teresa Ann Dicke, 50, and Linda Fessenden, 49, both appeared in Douglas County court Tuesday morning, and Judge George Ambrosini gave them each jail time.

Dicke was sentenced to eight months in jail on each count against her, one for first degree animal abuse and one for first degree animal neglect. Dicke will only spend eight months in jail, since the sentences will run concurrently.

Fessenden was sentenced to 90 days in jail for one count of second degree animal neglect.

Both women were banned from owning domestic animals for five years, which doesn't include horses. Douglas County Deputy District Attorney Jamie Carmichael asked the judge to make an exception and ban the women from owning horses in the future, but she says the judge told her he has to follow the letter of the law.

Domestic animals include cats and dogs, and horses fall under livestock.

Both women were also ordered to pay restitution to Strawberry Mountain Mustangs, where Grace was cared for after being seized by animal control. The amount of that restitution has not been decided yet.

The case began back in 2010, when Grace was taken from property on Willis Creek Road owned by Dicke.

Both women have been told to report to jail by Friday.

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