More than two years after being charged with cruelty to animals in a starving horses case in Pottawatomie County, the defendant has pleaded guilty and been sentenced in the case.

More than two years after being charged with cruelty to animals in a starving horses case in Pottawatomie County, the defendant has pleaded guilty and been sentenced in the case.

Pottawatomie County District Court records shows Christina D. Weisner, 47, who was charged in March of 2016, received a 15-year suspended sentence, which runs concurrently with a separate felony drug case.

She also was assigned to complete drug court in Cleveland County and will be on supervised probation, court filings show.

Weisner was charged after several starving horses were rescued from her ranch near Pink in 2016.

As part of this case, a restitution hearing has been scheduled in October. Records show this case was delayed in the court process several times over the past two years, including bench warrants being issued after she failed to appear in court.

Her case was set for the pre-trial docket in connection with this month's scheduled jury term, but Weisner instead entered the blind plea ahead of that hearing and waived her right to a pre-sentence investigation.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s deputies, after receiving an anonymous tip, went to the home back in 2016 and could see one dead horse from a gate and possibly two. The others appeared to have no hay or feed and the water troughs were empty, deputies reported.

At that time, deputies offered to put the owner in touch with those who could help her, but she reportedly refused, according to initial reports.

As a result, deputies, with the help of Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue Inc., returned to Weisner's home on Maple Leaf Circle and served a search warrant on March 18, 2016. The property is near the Cleveland County line.

During that search warrant, deputies found three dead horses on the property. Nine others that were in extremely poor health were rescued that day. One of those didn’t survive, but the remaining horses were taken for rehabilitation at the rescue operation in Jones. There, the horses slowly recovered and were readied for adoption.

According to Blaze's website, they've rescued 1,486 horses since 2001, with 1,229 adopted. The organization primarily works in animal cruelty cases and often assists law enforcement.