A Massachusetts case investigated by MSPCA Officer Nadya Branca was resolved. In this case, allegedly the defendant failed to adequately relieve his geriatric horse's suffering. The horse's long-standing lameness and malformed front leg were obvious. Ultimately, the horse died during the pendency of the case.
The defendant elected to have his case heard by a jury, but later decided to enter into a plea bargain after the first day of trial. The defendant agreed to serve two years of supervised probation, not obtain any new animals during his probationary period, and submit to a mental health evaluation.