How Little the Life of an Animal is worth…in New Jersey

It sickens me to read that more than three dozen horses were abused and  ultimately put down, and yet the abuser was found guilty on only two counts and paid a fine amounting to $35 a horse.

Can this be real?  And I’d like to know how local law enforcement, the NJSPCA, and the prosecutor can defend this.

And can someone explain this?:

“The SPCA says they were euthanized because of botulism.”