Crystal Lake woman arrested again after abused horses found
Jamie Koy (Handout)
Jamie Koy, 39, of the 6100 block of East Hillside Drive, already was on probation for a 2011 misdemeanor conviction for mistreating horses when, as part of her probation, officials this week checked on the condition of eight horses in her care, according to the McHenry County sheriff's office and the Office of Animal Control.
Four of the horses were found to be in "starvation mode" and in immediate need of critical care, said Debra Quackenbush, spokeswoman for the McHenry County animal control office. The four other horses needed help but were not as bad, she said.
"These animals shouldn't have to suffer," Quackenbush said. "Hopefully they'll be able to be saved."
The four critically neglected horses were rushed for intensive care to a University of Wisconsin veterinary facility, while the four other horses were being treated at local facilities, she said.
Quackenbush said it was heartbreaking to see how the animals gulped down food and water when it was first given to them, showing how desperately they needed it.
Koy was arrested Wednesday following the inspection, and faces four felony counts of cruel treatment of animals, according to the McHenry County sheriff's office.
She appeared in bond court, where her bail was set at $10,000 and her next court date was scheduled for May 15.
Koy had been arrested in August 2010 and charged with neglecting five horses in her care, including two that had to be put down, and following a 2011 trial was convicted on various misdemeanors. During the trial Koy had testified her horses were not mistreated but were malnourished and underweight because of other health problems.
As part of her sentencing she was on probation and was allowed to continue to own horses only under periodical inspection by Animal Control staff.
Quackenbush said inspectors in December found her animals were in fair condition, but in this week's survey discovered the abuse.
Quackenbush said the county can provide advice and help for anyone having a problem caring for an animal, and the public can call Animal Control at 815-459-6222 if they see any animal in trouble.
"Animals can't speak for themselves," Quackenbush said.