ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (AP) — A Hardy man who had several malnourished horses on his property has been ordered to serve 20 days in jail.
Media organizations report 63-year-old Michael W. Cabbler pleaded guilty Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court to seven counts of animal cruelty.
The charges stemmed from a February inspection of Cabbler’s property. Animal control officers said they found Cabbler’s emaciated horses eating bark off trees, while two others were discovered stuck inside a barn, wading in mud and manure.
Cabbler testified he had been feeding the horses and had taken in the horses from other owners who hadn’t wanted them.
In addition to jail time, Cabbler forfeited any claim to the horses and cannot own any animals for five years.