Ann Arnold pleads not guilty to probation violation
N.Y. -- A Greenfield woman accused of once again having horses on her property
has entered a plea of not guilty to the alleged probation violation.
Ann Arnold was sentenced in July 2012 to time served and received
three years' probation after she was convicted on 19 counts of Failure to
Provide Proper Food, Water and Sustenance, and one count of Criminal Nuisance
in the Second Degree. The
judge issued a court order stating she could not have farm animals on her
property after she was convicted of animal abuse.
On Monday November 4, 2013,
Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy says his office received word
that Arnold was in possession of between six to ten horses.
was charged with violating her probation; specifically not notify
probation of her change in address prior to moving, maintaining horses on her
premises, and maintaining farm animals at her premises prior to restitution
being paid in full.
First Assistant District Attorney Karen A. Heggen asked that
bail be set in the amount of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond because Arnold did
not previously appear for a court appearance in a prior proceeding, and left
the state contrary to the orders of the court. The judge, however, released
Arnold on her own recognizance and advised Arnold of her "Parker
warnings" which warn her that if she doesn't appear at all future
scheduled court dates as ordered she can face jail time.
Her attorney says that Arnold sold the property to her
brother, and the horses are therefore on his property.
"A claim by Arnold that she no longer owns the property
is merely a sham to try to end run the justice system. The probation orders
indicate that horses cannot be on the premises, and makes no mention of the
owner of the property. Therefore her claim that it's her brother's property is
of no consequence to this proceeding. Ms. Heggen has been diligent about
following the law in this case step by step and will ensure that Arnold will do
the same," said Murphy.
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