Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
delivered in horse abuse case
by Bruce Smith
Donna Gale, horses "caretaker",
and sister of horses' owner, Lisa Gale.
Photo KOMO 4 News
convicted last month on two counts of 2nd degree animal cruelty for her
roll in the 2008 Waller Rd. horse abuse case, has been sentenced.
Ms. Gale received a prison term of one day for each count to run
consecutively, resulting in a total of two days of incarceration. Plus,
she received a $1,000 fine and a prohibition from owning a horse for two
Pierce County Deputy Prosecutor Robert Yu said that other aspects of her
sentencing have been suspended on the condition of Gale maintaining
law-biding behavior and having no similar incidents with the court for
Mr. Yu told the Dispatch that the court gave Gale a lenient sentence
because of her lack of a criminal history.
Nevertheless, it is reported that Gale was not actually imprisoned at
the Pierce County jail because it was over-crowded. According to Rose
Corey , a key witness for the prosecution and a keen observer of the
proceedings, Ms. Gale had to merely show up at the jail under an
agreement called "day reporting" in order to get credit for her jail
In addition, Ms. Corey said that County officials had told her that
court room testimony, which indicated Ms. Gale was suffering from
serious diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, also steered the court
However, some were surprised with the light sentencing.
Diana Martin, a key witness for the prosecution and a woman who had been
fighting for over a year to get help for the afflicted horses, was
reportedly very upset with the light sentence.
Rose Corey says she has mixed feelings.
"Yes, I think Donna Gale received a lenient sentence," Ms. Corey said,
"particularly when you think of the suffering that the horses went
through. But, things are better for abused and neglected horses in the
County now, because of this case, like the Equine Rescue Network that
Animal Control has established, so, some good has come out of it."