Charges filed in November Fort Lupton horse abuse case

FORT LUPTON, Colo. - Animal cruelty charges are now filed in a horse abuse investigation first reported by 7NEWS after one of the animals died in November.

Neighbors have always insisted the horse starved to death.

Now, the Weld County Sheriff's Department has charged Teresa Weeks with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty.

No one answered the door at the home outside Ft. Lupton when a 7NEWS crew stopped by Wednesday afternoon.

The horse corrals on the property are now empty, fresh snow undisturbed by horse tracks. The two surviving horses have been moved to an undisclosed location according the sheriff’s department. The sheriff’s department said those horses are doing much better.

In November, 7NEWS showed you two other horses - alive - but in poor health.

"I can't watch the other two starve to death,” said neighbor Angelena Kamerzell. "It's horrible."

One of the horse caretakers said the horses were suffering from an intestinal disease.

"We're feeding them the food that the vet told us to feed them," said caretaker Charlette Yarbrough.

Weeks was charged, but the two other ladies living in the house have not been charged.