Nevada County couple take plea in animal neglect case
A local couple took plea agreements on animal cruelty charges Thursday, in return for a maximum of 120 days in county jail.
Sara Gore was facing five cruelty counts after a number of animals were seized from the Gores’ Auburn Road property in September 2013; Charles “Tim” Gore was facing two felony counts of animal cruelty.
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 had responded to the report of a goat carcass beginning to stink at the Gore residence. The Gores were 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, they reportedly also requested the removal of a dead horse.
Animal Control subsequently was called for a welfare check on a very emaciated horse still on the property. The officer and a vet reportedly tried to load the horse into a trailer, but it balked repeatedly and eventually dropped, according to testimony during a preliminary hearing into the evidence in Nevada County Superior Court. The horse could not get back on its feet and was euthanized. Both dead horses reportedly only weighed about 520 pounds.
Animal Control officers and sheriff’s deputies later returned to the property and removed two mules, three burros, a goat and two mustangs.
During a felony conference in court Thursday, Sara Gore pleaded no contest to two of the counts; she faces up to 120 days in jail. Her attorney, Stephen Munkelt, indicated she will ask for a reduction of the charges to misdemeanors and for alternative sentencing.
Charles Gore pleaded no contest to his only charge, in return for the same potential sentence. He also will petition for a reduction of the felony to a misdemeanor and for alternative sentencing. They are set to be sentenced Oct. 20.
Daughter Evelyn Gore still faces one misdemeanor count of failure to care for an animal and is set to appear next in court on Sept. 8.
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4229.
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