Mark Arballo Pleads Not Guilty

Bella Gunnabe GiftedOn October 2, reining horseman Mark Arballo pled innocent to the felony charge of animal viciousness according to a spokesperson from the San Diego County District Lawyer’s office in California.
Arballo is dealing with charges from the death of Bella Gunnabe Gifted (Colonels Cigarette smoking Weapon [Gunner] x Bay Brim Hat x Hollywood Return) on September 21, 2013. The 5-year-old mare was in reining training with Arballo at the time of her death. .
A readiness conference is set for November 12, at 8:30 a.m. in San Diego, and an initial assessment is set for December 2, at 8:30 a.m. Arballo is being permitted to avoid of custody on his own recognizance. He does not have to be in court for the approaching readiness conference and can be represented by his attorney.
According to Ward Stutz, AQHA’s Senior Director of Type Stability, AQHA policies provides that no person will deal with any equine in a cruel or inhumane way. For violation of such policies, an AQHA member may be disciplined, suspended, fined and/or gotten rid of from AQHA, and a non‑‑ member could be refuted AQHA advantages.
Arballo is not an AQHA member, however AQHA has notified Arballo that the association has enforced restrictions on him consisting of the denial of advantages related to performing registration related transactions with AQHA and participation in any AQHA occasions.
Stutz said AQHA will remain to monitor the criminal case including Arballo.
The San Diego County District Lawyer’s Workplace submitted a felony animal cruelty charge against Arballo associating with the death of Bella Gunnabe Gifted after the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services turned over findings from a necropsy on the mare. .
Bella Gunnabe Gifted had life time profits of more than $8,185, according to Equi-Stat records.
Read the earlier stories on this case:.
California Reining Trainer Faces Felony Charges.
Reining Equine’s Death Under Examination.

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