FAIRFIELD — A Vacaville woman accused of starving a horse was ordered Monday to stand trial on a felony animal cruelty charge.
Denita N. Tomlinson was arrested in January, two weeks after her horse, Sun Kiss, was euthanized after a veterinarian deemed the horse was too debilitated to recover from dehydration, fever and weight loss. Tomlinson, who is out of custody on $15,000 bail, was in court Monday for a probable cause hearing. She previously pleaded not guilty.
A veterinarian testified she first saw Tomlinson’s mare with a foal in December 2012 in a barren pasture on Poplar Road in Vacaville. She described the horse as barely skin and bones, which was why she called Solano County animal control officers.
An animal control officer described seeing the mare in a cold, wet, muddy field during a rainstorm and saw that the horse had lost more weight in less than a week.
A friend and neighbor of Tomlinson’s testified she had regularly provided Tomlinson with food for the horses until early December when they had a falling out. She said Tomlinson was undergoing tough financial times during that time.
Judge E. Bradley Nelson ordered Tomlinson to return to court Nov. 7 to be arraigned and to possibly have a jury trial scheduled.
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