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Animal cruelty charges dropped against Mineral woman

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Jean Donhauser

The Louisa County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office dropped five counts of animal cruelty against a Mineral woman, nearly a year after she was charged.

Jean Donhauser, 57, said she was relieved the case was over, but upset at the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office animal control unit and prosecutors for charging her with mistreating horses she did not own.

The May 13 hearing in Louisa Circuit Court was an appeal of Donhauser’s conviction in lower court on Feb. 5. The hearing ended almost as quickly as it began, she said, after prosecutors moved to drop the charges.

“They admitted they didn’t have a case against me,” Donhauser said. “They wanted me to plea bargain, but I told them I was not going to do that. My reputation and integrity were on the line.”

(Article by David Holtzman)

This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s May 16, 2019 issue.

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