9 malnourished horses seized from Buckeye property


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Kristine Harrington

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 13 at 1:29 PM

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BUCKEYE, Ariz. -- Maricopa County sheriff's deputies seized nine horses as they worked an animal cruelty case in Buckeye on Wednesday.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office received an anonymous letter that malnourished horses and dogs were living on a property near Sun Valley Parkway and Van Buren Street, according to Lt. Brandon Jones.

MCSO investigators served a search warrant Wednesday morning. They found 11 horses and 13 dogs on the property.

Jones said nine of the horses, including two Clydesdales, were badly malnourished and were taken to a veterinary clinic. The Clydesdales were 600 to 800 pounds underweight. The other horses were said to be between 300 and 400 pounds underweight.

Jones said when the horses are well enough, they will go to Sheriff Joe Arpaio's shelter for abused and neglected animals.

Jones said most of the dogs have medical conditions that need to be taken care of, but they were not seized.

"What I've been told is that she's just in over her head," Jones said. "She's got too many animals. Thirteen dogs on the property, 11 horses -- horses need far more care than any dog, cats or smaller animal."

At this time, the 59-year-old homeowner has not been arrested, but Jones said she could face animal cruelty charges.