Crowley County Horse Owner Sentenced After Animal Cruelty Conviction

Apr 21st, 2015

Crowley County, Colo. – (April 20, 2015) Carman Tighe, the horse owner indicted on four counts of animal cruelty for her four neglected horses, has been sentenced by a Crowley County judge. Tighe was sentenced to two years supervised probation, during which time she is not allowed to own or care for horses, and has 60 days to remove her remaining horses. Additionally, she is ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and undergo a mandatory mental health evaluation. If Tighe fails to comply with her probation, 60 days jail time may be imposed.

The case began two years ago, when the Crowley County Sheriff’s Office was notified by a citizen of the situation. Sheriff’s office deputies and CHS investigators visited the Tighe residence multiple times to assist with recommendations for proper nutrition and care for the animals.

“In all the cases we respond to, our goal is to educate and help the owner and the animals before any legal action is taken,” said Katrina Schou, manager of field services for The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA (CHS). “In this case, sheriff’s deputies and CHS Investigator Smith worked with Ms. Tighe from early April 2013 until early in 2014, providing education and assisting with resources. Even with feeding recommendations from a licensed veterinarian and numerous visits to assist her, she did not comply and left no other option but to remove the horses.”

Tighe’s horses were transported to an equine rehabilitation center for evaluation and care.

As demonstrated in this case, multiple visits by law enforcement and investigators are required in these types of situations of mistreatment or neglect. To help us continue this lifesaving work for Colorado’s animals, please donate to the Colorado Humane Society at

If you suspect animal neglect and abuse in your community, contact your local law enforcement or file an anonymous report with Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-STOP (7867). Anonymous tips also can be reported online at or texted to 274637 (CRIMES). Tips that result in a summons or arrest can be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA is an independent, Colorado-based nonprofit organization. We operate entirely on donations and are not affiliated with any national advocacy group or government agency, such as the Humane Society of the United States or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. We work with local law enforcement and government agencies to investigate and prevent the mistreatment and neglect of companion animals and horses – NOT livestock – in numerous Colorado counties and to educate the public about humane animal care. For more information, to donate or to report animal cruelty or neglect, contact The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA at or (800) 249-5121.



Amie Cavarra