Sagebrush Ranch owner charged with felony animal cruelty

Las Vegas, NV — An arrest warrant is out for the owner of Sagebrush Ranch, a now-defunct horseback riding operation that’s been the subject of a Speak to 13 investigation.

The owner has been charged with cruelty to the animals on whose back her business was built.

It is down to two. Two old horses nonetheless in the county’s care following animal handle confiscated them and 34 other people in July at Sagebrush Ranch.

Images: Horses at Sagebrush Ranch

Now, owner Jacque Fitzgerald is facing 12 criminal counts of felony animal cruelty for depriving her horses of meals and healthcare care.

At least 1 horse was actually neglected to death.

Diann Dunn worked for Fitzgerald for four years and says absolutely nothing in the criminal complaint surprises her, “Also tiny too late. This should have been accomplished years ago.”

Every of the 12 counts requires a different horse. The state says all suffered “unjustified physical discomfort and suffering.” The horses teeth were all severely neglected. All had overgrown hooves with diseased soles.

Some were malnourished. One had sand in its stomach and other folks had foxtails impacted into their gums. Others suffered untreated skin and eye infections and had old scars from saddle sores.

“Anybody who does this to an animal does not deserve to have the freedom that she took away from her animals,” mentioned Dunn.

Authorities stated Fitzgerald ran unlicensed businesses for years, from trail riding to lessons to children’s camps.

In August, Fitzgerald pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty and carrying out business with out a license, charges that dated back to 2012.

She got off with a fine, but as for these new, felony charges, Dunn said, “I am hoping that this puts an finish to her and this is it.”

On Monday, Fitzgerald did not return a number of calls for comment.

In July, we spoke to her at the home exactly where she was keeping her horses on Deer Springs road. At the time, she told us, “I have a vet on contact at all occasions.”

But the criminal complaint suggests she wasn’t calling the vet practically enough.

“I have seen the vet on home almost certainly about 5 occasions in the 4 years that I was helping her.” said Dunn.

As for how she treated her horses, Fitzgerald told Make contact with 13 in July, “That’s the most horrible issue that a horse particular person can have take place to them, is for men and women to feel that they are cruel. And that is the final factor that I would ever be.”

The last two remaining horses from Sagebrush Ranch are in temporary homes at Horseman’s Park, where they had been taken when the County confiscated them from Fitzgerald in July.

Of the 36 horses seized, most have been adopted, two had to be euthanized, and the two still at Horseman’s Park are in need of loving residences. 

They can no longer be ridden but they do require someplace to live out the rest of their lives. 

If you are interested in adoption, please contact Clark County Animal Manage at 702-455-7710 or head to their web site.

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