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Animal-cruelty trial continued

February 23, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

The trial of a Sharpsburg woman charged with 77 animal-cruelty charges was continued until March 19, Washington County District Judge Mark Thomas ordered Thursday.

Barabara Reinken, 61, appeared without a lawyer Thursday afternoon in District Court.

Four of the charges Reinken faces are felonies. The 73 misdemeanor animal-cruelty counts allege Reinken failed to provide for 72 horses and one cat at her 4040 Mills Road farm in Sharpsburg. The four felony aggravated animal-cruelty counts allege Reinken failed to provide for four horses that died. Conviction on the three counts of animal mutilation carries three years in detention for each count.

After turning herself in on an arrest warrant, Reinken, 61, was released on personal recognizance by a District Court commissioner on the condition she not keep any horses on her property until disposition on the charges is complete.

Reinken has the right to a jury trial because of the gravity of the charges.

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Thomas advised Reinken of the benefits of counsel during her appearance in court Thursday.

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