DARE COUNTY, NC (WVEC) -- A couple was found guilty of animal cruelty Tuesday after allegations they neglected their nine horses.
Dare County Animal Services and volunteers from the U.S. Equine Rescue League removed the horses from Carla Gallop and Jim Oesting's property in January.
On Tuesday the defendants were found guilty on all counts of animal cruelty, ordered to surrender 8 of the 9 horses and pay restitution of $3,000 to the Outer Banks SPCA.
The Outer Banks SPCA offered to waive the $3,000 restitution to gain custody of the final horse. At that time the defendants denied the offer and appealed the judgement. The next day, the defendants revoked the appeal and agreed to surrender the final horse in lieu of paying the restitution.
Statement from Outer Banks SPCA:
While restitution was important to the Outer Banks SPCA, our mission was always first and foremost to save the lives of these 9 horses and to see the defendants found guilty. Our community has been extremely supportive of our actions since the beginning, for which we are extremely thankful and we hope to continue to earn that support.