GREENFIELD, N.Y. - A Saratoga County woman convicted of animal abuse has supposedly violated her probation by having numerous horses delivered to her property over the weekend.
On Monday, Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy says his office received word that Ann Arnold, of Greenfield, became in possession of between six to ten horses this weekend. If true, this would be the second time she violated her probation of not being allowed to own or keep any animals on her property.
In 2011, Arnold had numerous horses removed from her property in Greenfield and in July 2012 was convicted of 19 counts of failing to provide food, water and sustenance to her horses and sentenced to three years probation. Then in November 2012 she violated that when she was found to have 17 more horses on her property.
She was sentenced to time served and continued her on probation once she admitted to the violation, submitted the mental health evaluation, became current on the restitution, and removed the horses from the premises.
The DA's office says police were called to the
property on Saturday after neighbors said they saw horses being brought to
the property. Greenfield Town Supervisor Dick Rowland says he fears for the
health of the new horses there.
"The proof has been that the animals aren't cared for properly," Rowland said. "There is
no shelter for the animals. We're hoping that we can get this settled and the
animals can be removed from the property as soon as possible."
Murphy says Arnold is current on the restitution and has paid a total amount of $2,600 by making monthly payments toward a total restitution amount of $7,468 to offset expenses incurred for caring for the horses during the criminal prosecution in 2012.
Murphy is asking that anyone who is a witness to the horses being delivered over the weekend, to please contact law enforcement.
No witness has described that the horses that were allegedly delivered are in poor health so there is no independent crime regarding neglected or abused horses.
If Arnold is found in possession of horses, a violation of probation will be filed in the town of Greenfield and an arraignment date will be scheduled.