Superior Court Judge Scott Sparks quashed the warrants after James and Deborah Kingcade appeared in court. The warrants were issued after the couple failed to appear on Friday.
The Kingcades face two counts of first-degree animal cruelty and 12 counts of second-degree animal cruelty after the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office seized 14 horses from their residence. The horses were allegedly malnourished and in poor health.
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.
The Kingcades' trial is set for Jan. 24, with a pretrial hearing on Dec. 30.
(Daily Record-News - Dec 9, 2016)
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