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Roland woman charged with cruelty to animals

Thursday, November 17, 2022 - A felony arrest warrant was issued Nov. 9 for a Roland woman charged with cruelty to animals.

Jennifer L. Walker, 48, could face a fine of up to $5,000, imprisonment for up to five years or both if she is convicted.

On Nov. 2, a Sequoyah County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to 105610 S. 4765 Road in reference to a welfare check on several farm animals.

The reporting person said her neighbors hadn’t been home in a long time and “there is a horse lying on its side” and she thought it was dead. When the deputy drew closer, he saw a black horse lying on its left side, obviously dead. The horse’s back left hoof was caught in a plastic pallet and it appeared that the animal’s back and front left lower bone above its hooves were broken and the horse had fallen on its side and lain there until it died.

The deputy observed several other animals on the property that had no grass or potable water available.

Two Shetland ponies, contained in a pen, had eaten the bark on some trees as high up as they could reach (about 5 feet up). There were also three dog pens containing four dogs on the south side of the residence, each with no food or water.

A chicken coop on the property held no potable water and no food and it contained 19 laying hens that were alive, along with one dead hen and one white hen that was unable to walk.

No one answered the door of the home when the deputy knocked, and a sign on the front door read “NO TRESPASSING.”

Over the next two days, all the animals were placed in protective custody.

Laura Brown, Staff Writer

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