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Woman pleads guilty to animal cruelty

Posted: Sunday, Oct 14th, 2012

BUCKHANNON — A Rock Cave woman pleaded guilty to animal cruelty after her horse was seized by the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department when it was found starving to death.

Pauline Teft, 37, was sentenced Thursday by Magistrate Mike Coffman to 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to the misdemeanor.

Thirty days of the 60-day sentence were suspended, meaning Teft will serve 30 days in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail beginning October 17. Teft will be on probation for two years and cannot own any animals for five years.

She was also ordered to pay court costs and reimbursement for the care of the horse. Teft will pay Upshur County $100 and a private individual taking care of the horse $150.

Under state code, Teft could have faced a $300 to $2,000 fine or confinement in jail for up to six months, or both. Coffman imposed the psychological evaluation requirement under the code and ordered Teft to have that completed as part of the terms of the sentence.

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