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Tampa woman starved horses, deputies say

Published:   |   Updated: May 31, 2013 at 02:04 PM

A Tampa woman is facing an animal cruelty charge after a horse was found suffering from malnutrition, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

In May, deputies were notified of an abused horse at 11720 Olen Smith Road. Detectives with sheriff’s agriculture unit verified that an 8-year-old thoroughbred named Jolie was being deprived of proper nourishment, leading to excessive and unnecessary pain and suffering.

The horse’s owner, Linda Lee Evans, 51, of the same address, relinquished Jolie and three other horses to Equestrian Rescue. Jolie was euthanized at the animal rescue on Wednesday, Equestrian Rescue said, but the other three horses are doing well,

Evans turned herself into the Hillsborough County Jail this afternoon.

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