Gallia woman faces theft, fraud, animal cruelty charges related to death of donkey

By Dean Wright -

GALLIPOLIS — A Cheshire woman will be arraigned Jan. 26 in Gallipolis Municipal Court on six counts of criminal simulation, two counts of stolen property and one count of animal cruelty.

Angel Vance, 33, of Cheshire, has been summoned before the Gallipolis Municipal Court regarding the alleged actions of neglecting a donkey in her care to starvation, falsely posing as a representative of an animal rescue and allegedly taking a pair of horses.

According to court records and information provided by justice system officials, Vance allegedly copied pictures on the Internet of a farm that was for sale in North Carolina and used those photos via social media during communications with a person from West Virginia. Officials said the photographs in question were allegedly used to falsely represent property Vance claimed to be maintaining as an animal rescue.

Those photos were shown to persuade the individual into handing over two quarter horses of breeding and racing stock. The horses had been previously rescued from a breeder and the caretaker no longer had the means of providing for them. According to documents, Vance is alleged to have responded to a message on social media claiming to have the means to take care of the animals.

Vance allegedly traveled to West Virginia to collect the horses and brought them back to Gallia County. The horses were then allegedly reported to a registry as being dead.

According to the Ohio Revised Code section 2913.32(A),”No person, with purpose to defraud, or knowing that the person is facilitating a fraud, shall do any of the following … (Section 2 under A) Practice deception in making, retouching, editing, or reproducing any photograph, movie film, video tape, phonograph or recording tape.”

In layman’s terms, the question is whether or not Vance allegedly tricked the victim out of property — the property in question being the two quarter horses.

According to the ORC section 2913.32(B),”Whoever violates this section is guilty of criminal simulation. Except as otherwise provided in this division, criminal simulation is a misdemeanor of the first degree. If the loss to the victim is one thousand dollars or more and is less than seven thousand five hundred dollars, the criminal simulation is a felony of the fifth degree.”

According to the law, should the loss to a victim be in excess of $150,000, the crime is a third-degree felony.

The donkey in question was allegedly discovered as part of a complaint made to the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office. Supposedly, the animal had been neglected and starved to death.

According to justice system officials, the matter is still under investigation and all individuals brought before a court of law are innocent until proven guilty.

Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.

By Dean Wright