Alabama musician accused of leaving fatally injured horse tied to tree

Alabama musician accused of leaving fatally injured horse tied to tree

Yolanda Valencia Jones surrendered to authorities in Moblile on Thursday.

MOBILE, Ala. — An Alabama musician is accused of leaving a fatally injured horse tied to a tree in downtown Mobile, authorities said.

Yolanda Valencia Jones, 34, of Mobile, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty Thursday, WALA-TV reported. She was booked into the Mobile County Metro Jail after turning herself in, according to jail records. She was released later in the day.

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Aggravated animal cruelty is a class C felony. If convicted, Jones faces a minimum of one year in prison, AL.com reported.

Jones sings with the band Crowned Jewelz.

According to police, a truck was pulling a horse trailer around 11:45 p.m. Oct. 31 when the horse's legs broke through the floor and hit the road, WKRG reported. Police said Jones continued to drive but eventually stopped and tied the horse to a tree before driving away, the television station reported.

A veterinarian was contacted, and after observing the severity of the injuries to the horse's hind legs, euthanized the animal, WKRG reported.

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