State Attorney Brian Haas announced the conviction of Gail Nichols on four felony counts of cruelty to animals. Nichols was convicted by a Polk County Jury after nearly four hours of deliberations.
This case was even more disturbing as Nichols is licensed in the State of Florida as a veterinarian.
The charges stemmed from an animal cruelty investigation conducted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in August of 2017. As a result of the investigation numerous horses, dogs, and birds were confiscated because of deplorable living conditions. Three of the horses had to be euthanized after they were found to be in such poor condition.
State Attorney Haas commended the efforts of Assistant State Attorney Jessica Embree in her efforts in bringing Gail Nichols to justice. State Attorney Haas also thanked the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for a thorough investigation that led to the successful prosecution of Nichols. Animal cruelty cases such as this are very complex and complicated. The Office of the State Attorney is committed to seeking justice for all victims included the four legged ones.
Nichols’ sentencing is scheduled for June 21 before Judge Durden.