March 10 trial for Nevada animal cruelty case |

March 10 trial for Nevada animal cruelty case

BATTLE MOUNTAIN, Nev. – A judge has set a March 10 trial date for a Battle Mountain woman who pleaded not guilty to 42 counts of animal cruelty after authorities found dozens of starving horses and scores of other barnyard animals in poor condition.

Jan Lemley faces up to a $1,000 civil fine for each of the counts in the case some state agriculture officials call the worst they’ve seen. At least one goat died from ingesting wool it ate off a sheep carcass.

Lander County Sheriff Ron Unger said deputies responding to reports of animal neglect found a number of dead animals, including a horse, three llamas, three goats and two sheep. Another horse, two goats and a rabbit died after the rescue, he said.

“It makes you sick to your stomach,” said Blaine Northrop, a state brand inspector for the Nevada Department of Agriculture.

“When you’ve got that many species of animals out there starving to death and some dead, it was the worst I’ve ever seen. I’ve been doing this for 20 years and I have never dealt with this many species on one premises.”

All told, they found 34 starving horses, 53 goats, 24 llamas, approximately 20 sheep, six pigs and an assortment of chickens and rabbits, Unger said.

Lemely was arraigned in Argenta Justice Court on Feb. 1. She said her lawyer has advised her against commenting on the case.

The horses were taken off the property to a safe location, Unger said. The rest of the animals remain on the property under the care of the sheriff’s office, Unger said.

All are doing well and gaining weight, said Northrop and Unger.

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