STILLWATER, Okla. — A judge Wednsesday ordered the owner of a severely emaciated horse to pay $1,100 in horse care costs and fees, and forfeit the animal to an equine rescue center.
Horse owner Elizabeth Doyel, 55, of Stillwater, did not appear in court but was represented by attorney Michael Coulson. Doyel, a former veterinarian, has said the horse is thin due to digestive issues and advanced age. She contends people feeding him through his fence has contributed to his health issues. Wednesday's court appearance was related to a civil action the district attorney filed. No criminal charge has been filed.
Payne County Special Judge Stephen Kistler approved the agreement the district attorney's office and Doyel had worked out prior to the hearing.