Owner of Starving Horses Sentenced to Spend Time in Jail

Mar 27th, 2014

CONEJOS COUNTY, Colo. (March 27, 2014) – A Conejos County, Colo., judge has sentenced Daniel Bond to 30 days in jail for animal abuse and neglect. His five horses were found severely malnourished by sheriff’s office deputies and agents from The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA (CHS).

In August, the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office and CHS seized five horses from Bond’s property in Manassa, Colo. The horses—which included two mares, two young foals and a yearling colt—were severely malnourished, weak and lethargic. CHS agents transported the horses to a rehabilitation facility for care. Following a veterinarian’s evaluation, the rehabilitation center staff stated that the horses were severely malnourished and one of the mares and her foal had to be humanely euthanized.

“We are very pleased with the sentencing for this case,” said Conejos County Undersheriff Chris Crown. “The fact that Mr. Bond got jail time is significant. We don't see that very often in cases of animal abuse.”

In addition to jail time, Bond’s sentence includes two years monitored probation, two years of monthly visits by CHS to check all animals with 24-hour notice, a $5,000 fine and 80 hours of community service.

“We are very thankful to law enforcement officers and the courts in Conejos County for the diligence and strong sentencing in this case,” said CHS Investigator Bret Smith. “This was one of worst cases of animal cruelty we’ve seen. This man starved these horses, and because of their severe condition, we could not save all of them. And this is not the only favorable punishment for animal abuse in the area this year. The Conejos County community has proven over and over that they will not tolerate animal abuse or neglect.”

If you suspect animal abuse in your community, contact your local law enforcement or file an anonymous report with the San Luis Valley Crime Stoppers at (719) 589-4111 or Metro Denver 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).

Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $2,000 for any information leading to an arrest or citation in relation to animal abuse cases, and the person reporting the tip can remain anonymous.


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 cruelty 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.