An Enterprise woman facing 13 animal cruelty charges is set for trial in Harrison County Court. The Harrison County Sheriff's Department arrested Emily Virginia Rockwell in March after seizing 29 horses from her farm. Animal Control Officer Greg Scolapio said most of the animals were severely emaciated and living in very poor conditions. He said some of the animals were so starved they were eating through the structure they were living in. Horses were also in need of shots.
When arrested, Rockwell wasn't allowed to have animals on her property due to being on probation for previous animal cruelty charges involving dogs. She pleaded guilty to those charges in February 2013.
If Rockwell is found to have violated her probation, she is facing a possible 60-day jail sentence, said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Shawn Adkins. Her trial date for the 13 additional charges hasn't been set.
Steven Drain and Wesley Rockwell were also charged with 13 counts of animal cruelty in connection to Emily Rockwell, Adkins said. Drain lived in a trailer on Rockwell's property and was believed to be the caretaker of the animals. Wesley Rockwell was also believed to be responsible for caring for the animals, Adkins said. Drain's case is set for trial and Wesley Rockwell's case was continued Wednesday and an additional pretrial hearing date will be set.
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