Members of a Utah County family accused of cruelty to horses are now facing lesser charges.
Trudy Childs, 59, and her son Rory Childs, 32, were charged last year in 4th District Court with 20 counts of animal cruelty after Utah County Sheriff's deputies found about 130 horses on their property that were malnourished, sick, dying or dead. All of those charges were dismissed two weeks ago and were re-filed, with lesser penalties, on Tuesday in the Utah County Justice Court.
The original charges were mostly class A misdemeanors, which carry potential sentences of a $2,500 fine and a year in jail. All of the new charges are class B misdemeanors, cutting their potential penalties about in half: class B misdemeanors carry a maximum $1,000 fine and six months jail time.