Owner of unhealthy horses pleads no contest to felony Prosecutor: Humberto Rivas Uribe agrees to 90-day jail sentence, five years probation, counseling.
Central Horse Advocates at South County Courthouse A dozen members of Central Horse Advocates, including Gilroy and Morgan Hill residents, stood outside of the South County Courthouse in Morgan Hill Dec. 9 waiting for the arraignment hearing of Humberto Rivas Uribe. Uribe, owner of 38 unhealthy horses seized from a pair of ranches in Morgan Hill and Gilroy, was charged Nov. 14 with two counts of cruelty to animals—one felony and one misdemeanor, according to Deputy Supervising District Attorney Steve Lowney.
Posted: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 4:44 pm | Updated: 5:10 pm, Wed Dec 10, 2014.
A Morgan Hill man accused of neglecting dozens of horses he owned on two South County properties pleaded no contest to felony animal cruelty at the South County Courthouse Dec. 9.
Humberto Rivas Uribe, 51, will be sentenced Jan. 5 at the same courthouse. He remains in custody in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Tuesday’s hearing occurred as a group of horse advocates picketed the front of the Morgan Hill courthouse, holding signs demanding accountability not only for Uribe but also for county officials they claim allowed his horses to reach such an unhealthy, malnourished state.
Superior Court Judge Alfonso Fernandez said a plea of no contest is the same as pleading guilty.