New York Horse Owner Facing Animal Cruelty Charges

A New York woman is facing multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of horses on her Saratoga County property.

Cathy Cloutier, executive director of the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Upstate New York, said that in September her agency, along with New York State Police, began investigating the conditions of animals on the property after a visitor's complaints.

"(The property owner) had advertised on a horse-related website that she had some horses she needed help with," Cloutier said. "When the visitor saw conditions there, she contacted us."

On Oct. 6 Catskill Animal Sanctuary personnel and volunteers removed 14 horses from the property and transported them to the sanctuary for rehabilitative care, Cloutier said. Property owner Ann Arnold voluntarily surrendered the 14 removed animals. Another nine horses remain on the property, Cloutier said. Arnold was later charged with 19 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty, Cloutier said.

Arnold was unavailable for comment.

Catskill Animal Sanctuary Director Kathy Stevens said the majority of the Quarter Horse/Appaloosa/Shetland cross horses--including six stallions--had body condition scores of 1 out of 9 on the Henneke Body Condition Scale. The remainder ranged in body condition from 1.5 to 3, she said. All were in need of veterinary care for skin conditions, and one is receiving treatment for a hoof condition, Stevens said.

Stevens said the horses will remain under Catskill Animal Sanctuary care until they have recovered and might be placed in new permanent homes.

"But it's going to be a while before they'll be healthy enough to place," Stevens said.

Arnold is slated to appear in Greenfield Court on the charges on Nov. 1.

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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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