By Jennifer Harvey
SAUGERTIES, N.Y. - A Saratoga County woman is being arraigned this morning at 9 a.m. in Greenfield Town Court on 19 counts of animal cruelty after more than a dozen horses were found living in deplorable conditions on her property.
Ann Arnold, of Greenfield, faces 19 counts of animal cruelty after a joint investigation by the Wilton State Police and the SPCA of Upstate New York, discovered many of her horses were hundreds of pounds underweight. Fourteen of the horses have been taken into urgent care at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, with the challenge of bringing the animals back to physical and emotional health.
Arnold began surrendering her horses to the Animal Sanctuary on October 6. Many of the horses were in unhealthy conditions, which led to the investigation by authorities.
Founder Kathy Stevens says many of them are in quarantine, as many of the horses were anemic, meaning their bodies were filled with parasites. Some of the horses were as much as 400 lbs. underweight, and suffering from a skin fungus known as "rain rot" that results from prolonged lack of shelter during wet weather.
All of the horses are on the path to recovery, though one may be suffering from a life-threatenign hoof condition.
The addition of Arnold's horses increases the sanctuary's equine population to 40, and increases the budget by $40,000.
The Sanctuary is asking for financial support and, if possible, acceptable foster homes.