Woman Given Deferred Term In Animal Cruelty Case

Monday, April 2nd 2007, 6:26 am
By: News On 6

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ A Cleveland County judge sentences a Norman woman to a 3-year deferred sentence on a felony charge of cruelty to animals.

45-year-old Ann Overland was charged with the starving of three horses kept in a pen behind her home in northeast Norman.

Animal welfare officers say the hungry horses were chewing the bark off trees before officers seized them August 25th.

District Judge Bill Hetherington put Overland on supervision until restitution is paid.

The horses reportedly belonged to Overland's 19-year-old daughter, Lacie Dawn, who also was charged with animal cruelty.

Lacie Overland's charge was reduced to misdemeanor malicious injury to property. She entered a plea of no contest last month and was given a two-year deferred sentence.

The horses were nursed back to health and sold at auction.