Morrison couple pleads guilty in animal cruelty case involving horse rescue

MORRISON, Colo. - A Morrison couple who claimed to be running a Paso Fino horse rescue were in court Thursday where they entered guilty pleas to misdemeanor animal cruelty charges.

In May, 2013 Jefferson County sheriff’s investigators and animal control officers executed a search warrant at the Norman’s horse property in Morrison as part of an investigation into suspected mistreatment of horses.  They found 18 horses in poor condition. Attending veterinarians said the horses were malnourished, and too thin had serious health issues. All 18 horses were seized. 

Gary Roger Norman, 72, and Sandra Kay Norman, 68, had received numerous warnings regarding conditions at the horse property since 2001.

Gary Norman pled guilty to one count of animal cruelty. Sentencing was set for April 11.  Norman could possibly face up to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine.  His wife, Sandra Norman, pled guilty to one count of animal cruelty and was given a one-year unsupervised deferred judgment and sentence.

Kelley Bliden, 43, and Kimberly Koontz, 41, were also charged with animal cruelty but those charges were later dismissed.