by: Contributed photo Mable, a 7-year-old mare, was found emaciated and near death.

A Gresham man Monday, Jan. 9, pleaded no contest to neglecting his horse, which was discovered in a near-death state by the Oregon Humane Society in April 2011.

Officials cited Teofilo Jimenez-Rodriguez, 51, of Gresham with one count of animal neglect in the second degree after they responded to a complaint of an under-fed horse.

Officers found Mable, a 7-year-old mare, emaciated and near death. Mable was voluntarily surrendered to the Oregon Humane Society and recovered much of her weight under the foster care of volunteers. She was permanently adopted in July 2011 and is now living in good health with a family near the Oregon coast.

Under the terms of an agreement finalized in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Jimenez-Rodriguez pleaded no contest to one count of animal neglect in the second degree and will serve one year of probation, pay a fine of $367 and pay $317 in restitution to the Oregon Humane Society. He is barred from owning domestic animals for five years and is not allowed to possess or acquire livestock except for the four horses he already owns.

Jimenez-Rodriguez must also consent to search by the Oregon Humane Society or another animal agency to check on the welfare of his horses.

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