DENVER – A Yuma County judge has sentenced Sammy Lammey, a horse breeder in Yuma, Colo., to 35 days in jail for animal abuse and neglect.
In July 2011, The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA (CHS) assisted the Yuma County sheriff’s office in the case. Dozens of horses were found living in deplorable conditions, severely malnourished, injured and without veterinary care. More than 50 horses were seized from the property and rehabilitated by CHS.
In November, the sheriff’s office held an adoption event and 50 of the seized horses were adopted to new homes.
“We are pleased that Mr. Lammey has finally been sentenced," said Yuma County Sheriff Chad Day. "The fact that he got jail time is quite significant. We don't see that very often in cases of animal abuse. The most important piece of this case to remember is that the horses that were seized are now being well cared for.”
In addition to jail time, Lammey received two years probation and a $500 fine. The judge also ordered restitution, allowing 90 days to submit claims.
“The strong sentencing and community support in this case show what we have believed all along: that agricultural communities place more value on animals than just their market price and will not tolerate their abuse or neglect,” said Rigo Neira, CHS investigator.
More than a dozen people from five different organizations assisted with the seizure, including the Colorado Bureau of Animal Protection and Code 3 Associates.