Woman Sentenced for Animal Cruelty

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A Calhan woman has been sentenced for 24 counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.

Gina Johnston will serve five years of supervised probation, and six months in county jail followed by three months of in-home detention.

Johnston, who has a previous Cruelty to Animals conviction in 2004, was found guilty of not providing enough food and water for 19 horses in July of 2006, and six horses in June, 2007. The horses ranged from 50 to 175 pounds underweight. Several of the horses also suffered from lack of dental, hoof and grooming care.

In addition to her probation and jail-time, Johnston has to pay a $1,000 fine, take anger management classes, and individual counseling. Further, she cannot own an animal that weighs more than 150 pounds.