Sentencing of couple for animal cruelty delayed

A Delta County couple who pleaded guilty in an animal-cruelty case had their sentencing delayed nearly three months so they can come up with enough money to retain an attorney.

Patricia and Charles Keune each entered a guilty plea on a class 1 misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty in connection with the death of one of their horses.

The Keunes were slated for sentencing on their cases Wednesday, but they told Delta County Judge Sandra Miller they needed more time to come up with money to pay a defense attorney.

Miller rescheduled sentencing for the Keunes to 2 p.m. July 18.

Patricia, 54, and Charles Keune, 49, initially were charged with 11 counts each of animal cruelty. The charges will be dropped if they stay out of trouble with the law for two years and attend anger-management classes.

In accepting the judgment, the Keunes agreed to forfeit five horses and six cattle that were without food and water, and the animals have been removed from their property.

The Keunes’ case came to light after Charles Keune called a renderer March 12 to pick up a dead horse on his property, but the horse was not dead, just malnourished, the renderer said.


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