A Superior woman will spend two years on probation for failing to provide food and proper shelter for animals at a Hawthorne property in 2019.
April Lee Schlies, 42, pleaded no contest in Douglas County Circuit Court Monday, July 19, to misdemeanor charges of intentionally failing to provide food for an animal and providing improper shelter for an animal. Three additional counts of failing to provide food for an animal and one additional count of providing improper shelter for an animal were dismissed but read-in for sentencing.
Judge George Glonek imposed and stayed 30 days of jail consecutive for the two counts. Schlies was sentenced to two years of probation, during which time she may not own or care for horses, sheep, goats or any large animal. She was ordered to pay $3,124.02 in court costs and restitution.
According to the criminal complaint, two very thin horses, a pony and a goat were found at a Hawthorne property without sufficient food, water or proper shelter. Schlies surrendered the animals, including three chickens and two rabbits also found on the property, to the Humane Society of Douglas County Oct. 17, 2020.
A number of the animals were found in small enclosures without potable water, according to the complaint. One of the horses was severely underweight and both horses were treated for chronic Lyme’s disease.
This story was updated at 5:14 p.m. July 21 with the amount of restitution Schlies was ordered to pay. It was originally posted at 4 p.m. July 21.