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Thursday, Mar 28, 2013County: Harrison
Case Images: 3 files available
» Emily Virginia Rockwell
» Wesley Joseph Rockwell
» Steven Bates Drain
Three people each have been charged with 13 counts of animal cruelty in a case in which five horses have died or had to be put down.
Emily Virginia Rockwell, 58, Wesley Joseph Rockwell, 23, and Steven Bates Drain, 44, all of Enterprise, were released on $13,000 bond after initial appearances Friday before Harrison County Magistrate Mark Gorby.
There were 23 other horses, nine goats and an alpaca that were rescued from the Enterprise property, Harrison Sheriff's Lt. Greg Scolapio has alleged.
Ms. Rockwell had pleaded guilty this February to two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty in an earlier case. In return for the plea, the state had agreed to the dismissal of 18 other counts of animal cruelty and 28 counts alleging failure to vaccinate.
In that case, Rockwell had been accused by Scolapio of having "deplorable conditions" at her kennel, and the lieutenant had given her a chance to address the matter before he filed charges.
Deplorable conditions are blamed again in the latest complaint filed by the lieutenant.
"The horses in the stalls appeared to be malnourished and in poor condition," Scolapio alleged. "Several of the horses appeared to have been so hungry they had been eating the two-by-fours that were lying around and used to construct the barn."
- Exponent Telegram - April 5, 2013
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