Convicted N.Y. Horse Abuser Stays on Probation

Ann Arnold, the New York woman convicted of maltreating horses, will continue serving her probation after being found harboring 17 horses on her Greenfield, N.Y. property.

In 2011, New York animal welfare authorities removed 14 horses from property belonging to Arnold. Another nine horses were rescued in place. Arnold was subsequently charged with 19 counts of animal cruelty, to which she subsequently pleaded not guilty. Arnold was later found guilty of the charges and was sentenced to serve three years' probation, during which time she was forbidden to have horses or other farm animals on her property.

In November 2012, a Saratoga County Probation Department complaint accused Arnold of violating terms of her parole by harboring 17 horses on her property. In a written statement, Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III said that on Feb. 23, Arnold removed some of the horses from her property and placed them at a certified boarding facility. Another three horses remained on the premises, Murphy said. On Feb. 26, a Providence Town Court Judge ordered Arnold be incarcerated in the Saratoga County Jail for violating terms of her probation.

On March 5, Saratoga County First Assistant District Attorney Karen Heggen said, a judge agreed with the Probation Department's declaration that Arnold was delinquent on her probation. As a result, the judge ruled that Arnold be sentenced to time served and will continue to serve her three-year probation.

"The judge did admonish her and tell her that there would be serious consequences if she violates her probation again," Heggen said.

Arnold was unavailable for comment.

Meanwhile members of Arnold's family have relocated the horses from her property to a boarding stable, Heggen said. Members of Arnold's family are paying for the horses' board and care, she said.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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