A press release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office:
JURY CONVICTS DES PLAINES WOMAN OF TWENTY-FOUR COUNTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY AND NEGLECT
Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that on May 24, 2011, Jamie Koy, 37, was convicted of eight counts of the Class A misdemeanor offense of Animal Cruelty and sixteen counts of the Class B misdemeanor offense of Neglection of Owner’s Duties following a seven day jury trial.
Evidence presented at trial revealed that in 2010 Koy was the owner of several horses that were not properly fed and suffered from malnutrition and starvation.
In August 2010, five horses were seized from Koy and were transferred to the custody of McHenry County Animal Control due to their life-threatening conditions.
The horses were rehabilitated by the Hooved Animal Humane Society (HAHS) of Woodstock and the University of Wisconsin’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.
However, two of the horses could not be saved and were ultimately euthanized as a result of their emaciated conditions.
Testimony revealed that those two horses only had a bone marrow fat content of 2.7% and 5.1%. The normal bone marrow fat content in a healthy horse is 60-90%.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorneys Matt Ciesielski and Andrew Luther.
Koy will be sentenced on July 21, 2011 and faces a possible maximum sentence of one year in jail and up to $2,500 in fines.