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Campton Hills man pleads guilty to mistreatment of horses

Published: Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 9:03 a.m. CDT

CAMPTON HILLS – A Campton Hills man accused of mistreating four horses agreed in court last month to turn the animals over to the Hooved Animal Humane Society.

Javier Martinez, 45, of the 8N500 block of Corron Road, Campton Hills, was charged in January with failure to provide humane care and treatment to the horses, a criminal misdemeanor.

The complaint, filed Jan. 30, alleged he failed to provide clean stalls at his barn on Corron Road. Additionally, the document indicated he failed to clean mud and burrs off the horses and didn’t provide a sufficient quantity of good, quality food and water to the animals.

Martinez pleaded guilty last month, according to documents filed Aug. 14.

In lieu of a fine, he agreed to forfeit the horses to the Hooved Animal Humane Society, who will take the animals to its farm and put them up for adoption, according to a Campton Hills police report.

The police report noted that Martinez cannot own horses for one year.

According to its website, the Hooved Animal Humane Society is a nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of hooved animals through education, legislation, investigation and if necessary, intervention.

It was founded in 1971.

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