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Ti farmer could owe up to $10,000 for animal abuse trial

Restitution, sentencing and ownership of the horse to be determined

Pops the horse stands in his paddock at Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue.

Pops the horse stands in his paddock at Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— “This bill is going to be enormous as a result of the length of this case,” Scaglione said.

Scaglione also requested O’Bryan consider deducting the monetary value of the almost 25-year-old Belgian Draft Cross horse from the settlement if the horse is not returned to Crammond’s custody.

Assistant District Attorney, Michelle Bowen, said as a non-for-profit organization, Crane Mountain farm should not be responsible for the cost of the horse as a result of Crammond’s proven neglect.

“They are only asking for out of pocket expenses,” Bowen said. “At the end of the day the Crane Mountain farm is due what they’ve put out, show me any case where someone found guilty of a crime should benefit financially.”

Upcoming sentencing

The charges could carry a sentence of up to one year in jail and up to three years probation, according to District Attorney Kristy Sprague.

O’Bryan said sentencing will follow the restitution hearing baring no other issues in the case.

Crammond said no matter the outcome of the case he and his family plan on appealing and hope to have his horse returned to the farm.

“I’ve been discriminated against all across the board throughout this case,” Crammond said. “We did not know there was anything wrong with him and the Ti police screwed up by taking this animal before we could treat him.”

Crammond continues to defend his innocence in the case and said his horse was not shot or starved.

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