Enterprise Woman Sentenced for Animal Cruelty in Harrison County

[image] Emily Rockwell

Enterprise resident Emily Rockwell appeared in court Friday to be sentenced in front of Harrison County Magistrate Judge Mark Gorby.

Rockwell was charged with 13 counts of animal cruelty after 29 horses were seized from her farm. The Harrison County Sheriff's Department said the horses were found to be severely emaciated and were in terrible living conditions. At the time, Rockwell was facing previous charges of animal cruelty against dogs.  She pleaded guilty to those charges in February of 2013.  Rockwell was facing six months of incarceration because she violated her probation.

On February 27, 2014, Rockwell appeared in court and pleaded guilty for two counts of animal cruelty.  The other 11 charges were dropped from the case with prejudice as part of her plea agreement.

Rockwell was sentenced on two counts animal cruelty. She is sentenced to 60 days of home confinement with electronic monitoring, 2 years of unsupervised probation, and will pay court fees and restitution within six months.

As part of the agreement and previous probation violations, Magistrate Mark Gorby ordered that Rockwell freely agrees to at-will inspections of her home and property to ensure that there are not anymore animals under her care, with the exception of one dog, Fuzzy.  Authorities were unable to catch Fuzzy during the animal seizure.

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