The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Carthage, Jasper County

April 19, 2010

Rural Sarcoxie woman charged with abusing Cherokee County animals

COLUMBUS, Kan. - — A rural Sarcoxie, Mo., woman was charged Monday in Cherokee County in connection with starving horses and burros that were seized Feb. 27 from property east of Baxter Springs.

Cherokee County Attorney John Bullard charged Kandise Couch, age unavailable, with misdemeanor animal cruelty and misdemeanor unlawful disposal of animal carcasses.

Neighbors said Couch used to live on the Cherokee County property.

A summons delivered by a Missouri process server orders Couch to appear Monday, May 3, in Cherokee County District Court.

Officers with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department seized three horses and two burros after a neighbor reported the animals were allegedly starving. Two dead horses and what authorities suspect are the bones of a third horse were found on the property when the other animals were seized.

The charge of animal cruelty alleges that Couch abandoned the animals without making provisions for their care or failed to provide the animals with food and water.

The charge of unlawful disposal of carcasses alleges that Couch permitted dead animals to remain in a field, creating a potential health hazard.

Since the seizure, the animals have been cared for by a landowner who doesn’t want to be identified, according to Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

The animals initially were kept in an enclosure apart from the property owner’s other horses. Groves said the caregiver reports that the animals are doing well.

“They are now running in the pasture with the other horses he has, enjoying the space and fresh grass,” Groves said.



Making a case

Witnesses listed on the complaint against Kandise Couch are Cherokee County Chief Deputy Gary Allen, Sheriff David Groves, veterinarian Kevin Kemp and Jane Starina, the neighbor who reported the animals to the Sheriff’s Department.

1
Text Only
Carthage, Jasper County
Facebook
Poll

A new provision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture allows qualifying districts with high percentages of students on food assistance to allow all students to eat free breakfasts and lunches. Would you agree with this provision?

Yes
No
     View Results
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
NDN Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites