Salem woman gets 2 years for horse abuse

Salem woman gets 2 years for horse abuse

Credit: SPCA

"Before and after photos of three of the seized horses reflect the treatment provided by United SPCA," said Barbara Kahl of the United SPCA in Newberg. "It's taken the last year to bring them back to the condition they enjoy today."

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on May 4, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Updated Friday, May 4 at 4:50 PM

SALEM -- A Salem woman was sentenced to two years in jail Friday for neglecting 16 horses on her property, while she was already on probation for attempted animal neglect.

As part of the sentence Gabriel Elle Denison Buckner also received five years of probation and cannot own or care for any animals, or attend any animal shows, for the next five years.

Buckner was arrested May 4, 2011, after Marion County Sheriff deputies investigated the report of diseased and emaciated horses on Skyline Drive SW, said Jean Kunkle of the Marion County District Attorney's office.

Photos: Neglected horses, before and after rehab

She was already on probation, according to Don Thomson of the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

"At the time of this arrest, Buckner was on probation in Deschutes County for a prior conviction of neglecting eight horses," Thomson said. "There is also a 1998 Deschutes County investigation into her abandoning and starving several dogs and cats."

Buckner was convicted April 26 on 16 counts of second-degree animal abuse for failing to properly care for the horses.

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