Horse Neglect Gets Conviction

A press release from McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi:

JAMIE KOY FOUND GUILTY OF FOUR COUNTS OF CRUEL TREATMENT OF AN ANIMAL AND EIGHT COUNTS OF NEGLECTION OF OWNER’S DUTIES

Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that Jamie Koy, 41, of Mt. Prospect was found guilty of four counts of cruel treatment of an animal and eight counts of neglection of owner’s duties.

Cherry Valley Road horse.

Healthy Cherry Valley Road horse.

At the time of her arrest, Koy was on probation after a 2011 McHenry County jury found her guilty of the same set of animal cruelty charges.

A term of Koy’s probation allowed McHenry County Animal Control officers to monitor Koy’s horses.

The evidence presented at trial showed that on April 25, 2013, a McHenry County animal control officer conducted an unannounced wellness check on Koy’s horses.

The officer found four extremely malnourished horses under Koy’s care. On May 1, 2013 the horses were seized and taken up to Madison, Wisconsin for 24 hour emergency care.

Less than two weeks later, the horses continued their rehabilitation under the care at the Hoofed Animal Humane Society in Woodstock, Illinois.

The State’s Attorney’s Office called multiple expert veterinary witnesses.

The expert witness testimony established that the horses were starved to near death.

The horses eventually made full recoveries under the care of the Hoofed Animal Humane Society.

Koy is scheduled to be sentenced on June 24, 2015.

This case was prosecuted by David Johnston and David Metnick of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The case was investigated by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department and McHenry County Animal Control.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *