A Pleasant Hill woman already facing drug possession and other charges was accused in Johnson County, Mo., of mistreating horses.
Jessica Renee Brasel, 27, was arraigned Wednesday on one count of misdemeanor animal abuse.
According to KSHB-TV 41, several malnourished horses belonging to Brasel were found on property in rural Johnson County.
The television station reported deputies were called to a property off Missouri 131 in Odessa in late March by an investigator for the Humane Society of Missouri.
The investigator had received information that there were several horses on the property that were severely malnourished.
Deputies found two horses on the property in separate stables with no food and little water, the station reported.
Court documents say the horses had fecal matter in their teeth, indicating they had been eating their own feces for nourishment.
According to KSHB-TV 41, Brasel voluntarily signed over custody of the horses to the Humane Society of Missouri.
One of the horses had to be euthanized about a month later because of malnourishment, the station reported.
Online court records indicate Brasel was charged in April with one count each of possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm and driving while intoxicated.
Brasel was also charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. She is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing July 26 on those charges.
Brasel’s next scheduled court appearance in the animal abuse case is Aug. 2 in Warrensburg.