Woman sentenced for starving several horses to death

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. --  Bobbi Jo VanKoevering, 43, is headed to jail for two months for starving three horses to death. Earlier this year, she pleaded no contest to felony animal abandonment/cruelty. The Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office says this charge is treated the same as a guilty plea by the court.

The prosecutor's office says it was the suspect's former roommate who tipped them off to the horses’ condition. In addition to three dead horses, authorities removed other malnourished animals from the Ravenna area property.

VanKoevering was also sentenced to three years probation during which she can't live with animals.

Nancy Smith is with Points North Horse Rescue. She attended the sentencing and was called to the property to rescue the animals that survived.

"To give this person probation with the extension of not being on a property or not having any animals in her home or wherever she's residing, I think that's reasonable so that she have the opportunity to not do this to another animal," Smith said.

This isn’t the first time VanKoevering has faced these kinds of charges. In 2006, she was convicted of misdemeanor of animal cruelty.

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5 comments

  • Sick of the crap

    B.S. !! 2 months?! Should be 2 YEARS PER HORSE!! That’s a terrible slow way to die! If there is any justice it would be somebody beating the crap out of this p.o.s.!

  • to late to stop her madness

    The cow had a prior conviction for animal cruelty. She ONLY got two months jail!!! She ONLY got two years probation so she could have the OPPORTUNITY to not do this to another animal??? So after her probation is up she is free to torture more animals!!! No doubt she will I hope her roommate had good reason for waiting so long to inform authorities or that person is just as much to blame. I hope real justice is served up to her in jail…starting with putting her lard expletive on a starvation diet.

  • Carrie

    Really that’s all the time she’s getting, how about 3 years in jail. And never having animals again. She a stupid bitch, maybe someone should take her food away from her.

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