Supervisor resigns, pleads guilty in horse neglect case

CEDAR CREEK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A Muskegon County woman whose sick and malnourished horses were rescued by authorities has resigned as Cedar Creek Township supervisor.

Krystal Lynn Smith’s resignation letter was read at the township meeting Tuesday night.

“Let it be known that this decision is made to serve in the best interest of Cedar Creek Township. I have enjoyed acting as Supervisor and will  treasure the time I have had here,” the letter stated.

Smith said her resignation would take effect on March 31.

On Dec. 5, she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of animal abuse. The plea came after authorities removed seven horses from her home on Aug. 19 after receiving a tip about their condition.

A  member of Muskegon County’s mounted unit said one of the horses taken  during the late-night rescue had so many dental issues he could barely  eat. One horse was 150 pounds underweight, and rescuers said parasites  were also an issue.

In an update to a GoFundMe page set up to care for the sickly horses, volunteers said some of the horses have been rehomed and are moving on.

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