PROVIDENCE, N.Y. – Ann Arnold was taken from the town of Providence court Monday night to the Saratoga County Jail, until the remaining horses on her property are removed.
Arnold was charged in 2012 with numerous counts of failing to provide food, water and sustenance to her horses at her home at131 Wilton Rd. in Greenfield
Arnold did not say a word as she was taken into custody, after violating an order from the court to not own or keep any farm animals during her three years of probation.
Saratoga County First Assistant District Attorney Karen Heggen says it was important for it to be made clear to Arnold through jail time that her violations will not be tolerated.
"I advocated and would not budge my position that if all of the horses had not been removed prior to the court appearance, she should be remanded to jail," says Heggen.
Neighbors who live near Arnold say they have watched for years as her horses have been neglected.
"They suffer at the hands of these people," says Lisa Giordano, who lives on Wilton Road near Arnold. "They live in deplorable conditions with barbed wire and junk everywhere and they're out in the weather all of the time."
Giordano says she is hopeful that the district attorney's involvement will prevent another probation violation.
"I hope so, but the laws just aren't there in general," says Giordano. "Horses are considered property and they really can't be seized. The people have to volunteer to give them up."
"The judge indicated that if she has to face this again, she's going to face some serious concerns from the court," adds Heggen.
Heggen says Arnold still had three horses on her brother's property, which is where she told her probation officer she had been living. Arnold will be sentenced on Monday, March 4 for that violation and will remain in jail until all of the horses are removed from her brother's property.