Deborah Kingcade and James Kingcade, owners of Emerald City Thoroughbred Project in Cle Elum, did not show up for a hearing on Friday in Kittitas County Superior Court.
Judge Scott Sparks issued a warrant for their arrest and a bond of $10,000.
The Kingcades pleaded not guilty in June. The couple said several of the horses were underfed by previous owners before they rescued them, according to a legal petition filed in the court.
James Kingcade's defense attorney Etoy Alford withdrew from the case on Friday.
The seized horses were initially taken to a barn at the Kittitas Valley Event Center at the fairgrounds where volunteers helped care for the animals. They all made a full recovery.
(Daily Record-News - Dec 3, 2016)
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