Winchester woman who allowed horses to starve, die now on probation

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MURRIETA (CNS) - A 53-year-old Winchester woman who allowed three horses to starve and die on her property pleading guilty to felony charges must serve 270 days in a sheriff's work release program. Gizelle Marie Russell on Tuesday admitted three counts of animal cruelty in a case stemming from a Riverside County Department of Animal Services investigation going back over two years. During a hearing at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, Superior Court Judge F. Paul Dickerson imposed the terms specified in Russell's plea agreement, sentencing her to the work release program and 48 months felony probation. Additionally, the judge ordered that the defendant not own or keep "any animals for the entire probationary period, or at least four years." The defendant's ranch property o
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