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Shotgun's Owner Convicted of Animal Cruelty

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The owner of Shotgun, a severely malnourished horse rescued earlier this year, had her day in court Tuesday.

A judge found Lacinda St. Clair guilty of animal cruelty and failure to provide medical treatment. The charges earned her a year in prison and thousands of dollars in fines: $2,500 for the animal cruelty, $250 for failing to provide medical care.

Her horse, Shotgun, was rescued from Franklin County back in May.

When he was brought to the Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue, he weighed only around 245 pounds. A horse his age should weigh 500 to 700 pounds.  He was so weak he needed a harness to help him stand.

Volunteers at the Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue were satisfied with Tuesday's ruling.

"Afterwards I continuously cried, but this is fantastic for everybody. For the horse rescue, for everyone," said Rhonda Hurd, a Horse Rescue volunteer.

"Animals depend on us 100 percent to care for them and if you can't care for them, you shouldn't have an animal," said volunteer Kathryn Barber.

Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue President Patricia Muncy said Tuesday's ruling is important, and "it's getting people's attention, that this isn't appropriate. This is something you do not do."

Shotgun has been with the Horse Fescue for weeks now. He is packing on the pounds, and is well on the road to recovery.