Terri Harwood appealing animal abuse conviction

2014-01-23T05:30:00Z 2014-02-05T19:18:28Z Terri Harwood appealing animal abuse convictionAndrea J. Cook Journal staff Rapid City Journal
January 23, 2014 5:30 am  • 

A Rapid City woman convicted of abusing nine horses is appealing her conviction.

Terri Harwood and her attorney, Connor Duffy, were in court Wednesday to ask Circuit Judge Janine Kern for a bond while her appeal is before the judge.

Harwood, 44, was sentenced to one year in jail and eight years probation after a jury convicted her and her husband, Don Harwood, of nine counts of inhumane treatment of animals in August.

Terri Harwood is serving her sentence with electronic monitoring, which allows her to work and live at home. 

Magistrate Judge Shawn Pahlke presided over the trial and sentenced the Harwoods. The appeal moves the case into circuit court.

Duffy is challenging a search of the barn where the Harwoods lived when the Pennington County Sheriff's Office seized 69 horses in January 2013. He added that his appeal may expand to include other issues.

Kern took under advisement Duffy's request to give his client a bond while her appeal is pending after Pennington County State's Attorney Patrick Grode questioned her authority to set a bond.

Don Harwood, 52, was sentenced to five years in jail and three years probation, but he did not appear for sentencing. Authorities are still looking for him.

Contact Andrea J. Cook at 394-8423 or andrea.cook@rapidcityjournal.com

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