“AT LAST…Some real justice….give that Judge an award! If only all judges were like him, our streets would be rid of those that commit heinous crimes on sentient silent beings!!”

SHAWNEE, Okla.A Shawnee man charged with animal cruelty after three starving horses were rescued from his property last year has been sentenced to serve five years in prison.

John Richard Spangler, 35, is now jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center in Shawnee, where he is awaiting transfer to the custody of the Department of Corrections.

Spangler is accused of willfully, maliciously and cruelly neglecting three horses that were in captivity at his home on Lake Road June 10, 2011, by depriving them of food, water and veterinary care.

Spangler pleaded no contest March 12 to the single felony count of animal cruelty for the starving horses case and was scheduled for formal sentencing on April 25, court records show, but he didn’t show up for the hearing. An arrest warrant was issued and he was apprehended in May before his case was sent back through the dockets for a rescheduled sentencing.

Case records show he pleaded guilty before being sentenced by District Judge John Canavan.

In addition to the five-year prison sentence, Spangler was ordered to pay fines and court costs, with the prison term running concurrently with sentencing for a misdemeanor case of domestic abuse assault and battery and a separate felony drug case.

For the felony, Spangler was charged with possession of controlled substance for items allegedly found on his person when he was arrested on the warrant for failure to appear for his April sentencing.

Reports from that arrest show deputies found a container with a smoking device and a powder believed to be methamphetamine in his pocket at the time of his arrest.

The three horses rescued were first taken to Shawnee Animal Control for initial care, where they were treated and slowly introduced to grains and alfalfa before being moved to Cargo Ranch, a non-profit horse rescue and ministry in the Shawnee area that also mentors about 20 children each year through summer camp programs.

Over the past year, the horses have each gained hundreds of pounds in their process to a full recovery, enough so that two of them were able to be put up for adoption.

The third horse will remain part of the Cargo Ranch family.

News Link:http://www.news-star.com/news/x1446667524/Shawnee-man-sentenced-to-five-years-in-starving-horses-case

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