Convicted N.Y. Horse Abuser Violates Parole

A New York woman convicted of maltreating horses on her property has been incarcerated again for violating terms of her parole.

In 2011, animal welfare authorities in New York removed 14 horses from a Greenfield, N.Y., property belonging to Ann Arnold, and another nine horses were rescued in place. Arnold was subsequently charged with 19 counts of animal cruelty. Arnold pleaded not guilty to the charges. In July 2012, Arnold was 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, Murphy said that a Providence Town Court judge ordered Arnold be incarcerated in the Saratoga County Jail for violating terms of her parole.

Arnold was unavailable for comment.

Murphy said that Arnold could be held in jail until all the horses were removed from premises.

"She could be held up to a year in jail if she refuses to remove the horses from her property," Murphy's statement 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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