Jury in Crowley County Finds Owner of Neglected Horses Guilty of Animal Cruelty

Mar 10th, 2015

Crowley County, Colo. – (March 9, 2015) Carman Tighe, the owner of four horses found to be malnourished and in poor health, has been indicted on four counts of animal cruelty, a Class 1 misdemeanor. A sentence hearing has been scheduled on April 6. Tighe’s husband had been found guilty of animal cruelty in an earlier plea bargain hearing.

After being notified of this situation by a citizen, Crowley County Sheriff’s Office and The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA (CHS) visited the Tighe residence multiple times to assist with proper nutrition and care for the animals. After the health and weight of the horses—two mares, a gelding and a yearling—did not improve, the sheriff’s office and a local veterinarian determined that the removal of the horses was in the best interest for their survival. CHS transported the horses to a rehabilitation facility.

“We are grateful that we have watchful citizens making a difference for animals in our communities,” said Katrina Schou, CHS manager of field services. “We see this type of unfortunate case over and over again, especially in the winter months, and would like to remind folks that regardless of the difficulties they are going through, there is assistance out there. If you or someone you know needs help with their animals, call us before the animals suffer needlessly.”

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 http://metrodenvercrimestoppers.com/animal-cruelty/ 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 info@coloradohumane.org or (800) 249-5121.




Amie Cavarra