GREENFIELD, N.Y. - A Greenfield woman was sentenced Tuesday for failing to provide proper care for her horses.
Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy says 59-year-old Ann Arnold, of 131 Wilton Road, was sentenced to three years probation and a $500 fine following her conviction of 19 counts of Failure to Provide Proper Food, Water and Sustenance and one count of Criminal Nuisance for failing to care for 19 horses on her property.
Arnold was convicted in May following a two-day trial where both testimonial and photographic evidence was presented regarding the conditions of the horses.
The photos showed the horses had not received proper food, water and sustenance, and their health had deteriorated to unacceptable levels.
The Upstate SPCA and the Catskill Animal Sanctuary removed 14 horses from the property in September 2011 and the court ordered the remaining horses to be monitored.
In late fall of 2011, Arnold added 12 horses she owned to the Wilton Road location from a summer pasture in Washington County. And currently, Arnold reports to the owning 17 horses on her property.
However during her sentencing, the court ordered she not own any farm animals during her three years probationary period, allowing Arnold 60 days to give up her horses to responsible parties.
The court has also ordered Arnold undergo a mental health evaluation.