Greenfield horse owner jailed for allegedly violating order

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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— A Greenfield woman who was convicted of abusing horses has been jailed because she still has horses on the property where she lives.

Ann Arnold of Wilton Road could be held for up to a year in Saratoga County Jail if she doesn't remove the three remaining horses. Arnold also is required to undergo a mental health evaluation and pay $400 in restitution as conditions of her probation that she has not yet met.

The Saratoga County District Attorney's Office argued Monday in Providence Town Court that after being convicted of misdemeanor animal abuse for having malnourished, sick horses on her property, which were removed, Arnold violated her probation by transferring her property to the ownership of her brother, bringing in new horses and selling them to her brother also.

The new animals were in "good health," according to veterinarians, but she was still not allowed to have horses "on the premises," the district attorney's office argued.

On Saturday, Arnold shipped some horses to a boarding facility, but three remain on the property, according to the DA's office.

"As long as there are horses on the property, Arnold is in violation of the order. She needs to go to jail and we will not be satisfied until she is incarcerated," District Attorney James A. Murphy III said in a statement. "It doesn't matter that these new horses are healthy. What does matter is that she is a convicted horse abuser and any horse that she 'cares' for is in jeopardy of abuse given her history and conviction for neglecting and abusing animals."

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