A Montgomery County woman is the latest in a growing number of people facing animal cruelty charges in that community.
Kimberly Adams is saddled with five counts of cruelty charges. Investigators seized 18 horses from her property.
Three have since died according to Investigators.
Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon says it's a growing trend his office is taking seriously.
He says the problem is the county has gone from a very rural and small population to a growing community where people don't just see horses as work animals anymore.
Ligon says, "people sense and sensibility on how to care for animals is changing and as a priority you will see the county's leadership has changed as well."
A jury began hearing evidence Monday afternoon in Adams' case. The trial is expected to last through Thursday.