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Police say Meadville woman’s neglect led to horse’s death

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VERNON TOWNSHIP — A Meadville woman will go to trial in Crawford County on more than a dozen charges for allegedly not providing adequate care for two horses and two dogs in northern Crawford County that ultimately led to the death of one of the horses and the emaciation of the remaining animals.

Lynnette Jean Schreiber, 40, of 391 Poplar St., waived her right to a preliminary hearing Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Lincoln Zilhaver in Vernon Township and automatically was held for court on all 13 counts filed against her by Pennsylvania State Police. Police allege Schreiber’s neglect led to one horse’s death and the emaciation of the other horse and two dogs.

The animals were found at a property at 29895 Lee Road in Rockdale Township on Dec. 20, 2017, by Humane Animal Officer Eric Duckett and Trooper Ethan Seckinger.

The two horses were found in a pasture without access to food, water and adequate shelter, according to the arrest affidavit. Both horses had their ribs and hip bones showing and seemed to be afflicted with skin parasites, the affidavit said. The two dogs appeared to be emaciated and their ribs also were showing, the affidavit said.

Schreiber told police she owned the animals, was in charge of their care and claimed she tried “to come out every day to care for the animals,” the affidavit said.

On Dec. 22, 2017, Schreiber surrendered the animals to the ANNA Shelter of Erie due to the lack of care, the affidavit said.

The ANNA Shelter is the Association for Needy and Neglected Animals, a nonprofit animal welfare organization.

The animals were seen by an ANNA Shelter veterinarian, but on Dec. 23, 2017, one of the horses died at the ANNA Shelter due to the lack of care while in Schreiber’s custody, according to the affidavit.

Schreiber was subsequently charged with one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, two counts of cruelty to animals and 10 counts neglect of animals.

The aggravated cruelty to animals charge is a third-degree felony while the two cruelty to animals counts are second-degree misdemeanors. Six of the 10 neglect of animals counts are third-degree misdemeanors while the remaining four are summary level counts.

If convicted in county court on all charges, Schreiber faces up to 17 years and 360 days in jail and $41,200 in fines.

Schreiber is scheduled to go to trial during the November term of county criminal court. She remains free on non-monetary bond.

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