Animal cruelty and neglect charges were filed Tuesday against a husband, wife and daughter after a number of animals were seized from their Auburn Road property last month.
Sara Gore, the wife, faces the most charges, said Nevada County Deputy District Attorney Kyra Patterson — five felony counts of animal cruelty and one misdemeanor count of failure to care for an animal.
Her husband, Charles “Tim” Gore, has been charged with two felony counts of animal cruelty. And their daughter, Evelyn Gore, faces one misdemeanor count of failure to care for an animal.
Evelyn Gore received positive press from The Union back in 2003 and 2004, when she described taking lessons in order to learn how to ride and care for her young mustangs at home.
One of those was Spirit, the horse she is charged with neglecting.
Each count relates to a specific animal, with four horses, a mule and a goat reportedly sustaining sufficient abuse or neglect to warrant charges.
A complaint about a dead goat reportedly prompted the investigation that ended with eight animals being seized.
A Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control officer responded to the report of a goat carcass beginning to stink at a private residence on the 13000 block of Auburn Road.
The property owner was contacted and agreed to call a company that specializes in the removal of dead animals. When the person from the removal company arrived at the property, the owner reportedly also requested the removal of a dead horse.
The Sheriff’s Office subsequently was called for a welfare check on a “very emaciated horse” still on the property. A local veterinarian was called out who was familiar with the property and the animals, as was the Large Animal Rescue Team made up largely of Nevada County Consolidated firefighters. The horse could not get back on its feet and was euthanized.
Animal Control officers and sheriff’s deputies, along with volunteers, later returned to the property and removed two mules, three burros, a goat and two mustangs.
The eight animals seized were taken to Sammie’s Friends animal shelter. Shelter director Cheryl Wicks said one of the mustangs and one of the mules appeared “very, very skinny.”
Both dead horses reportedly only weighed about 520 pounds, when the normal weight of a horse is 1,200-1,500 pounds.
Animal Control reportedly had been called out to the property about a year ago and the owners were given clear guidelines to get the animals back in good health. The Gores are set for arraignment at 9 a.m. Oct. 28 in Nevada County Superior Court.
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