GREENFIELD, N.Y. - A Greenfield woman previously convicted with animal cruelty is suspected of violating her probation by allegedly keeping horses at her farm.
The Saratoga District Attorney's Office says over the weekend 17 horses arrived at a property on Wilton Road, the same place where more than 20 horses were taken from the care of Ann Arnold last October.
Arnold, of 131 Wilton Road, was sentenced in July to three years of 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.
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.
Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy announced Wednesday that the Saratoga County Probation Department had filed a Violation of Probation (VOP) with the Town Court of Greenfield. A judge has signed the Declaration of Delinquency for Arnold's violation of probation petition. She will be in Greenfield Town Court on November 20th for a hearing.
Many neighbors in the Greenfield community were shocked and upset, as seeing new horses brought back memories of these malnourished and neglected horses they saw there last year.
"Why does she keep doing this? I just feel for the horses. They shouldn't have to live like that," said neighbor, Trisha Orologio, who says the property is not fit for horses. "They have no shelter. It gets cold. It's very muddy over there. There's no grass for them to eat, it's just horrible."
The Saratoga County District Attorney's Office confirms that a family member of Arnold's filed a deed for the property on Wilton Road on Wednesday to switch ownership but the office says it will not impact the judge's order because the order specifically states that there cannot be any horses on the premises no matter who owns the horses or the land.
The DA also noted that the new horses on the property are healthy right now.
The DA says if convicted of the probation violation Arnold could face up to one year in jail.