CAVE CREEK, Ariz. -- A Cave Creek horse breeder is in jail, and accused of animal cruelty.
Jennifer Hinds owned nearly 20 horses on her property off of Lone Mountain Road. Neighbors say at least four horses were found dead recently. The rest were seized by authorities.
A man at the home told 3TV that Hinds, 33, is an animal lover with more than a decade of experience breeding and raising horses.
"They just got sick, that's all," the man, who would not identify himself, said. He blamed their deaths on "financial issues."
"She got in over her head and didn't know what she was doing," a neighbor said.
Several neighbors say they knew something was wrong with Hinds' operation and offered to help with food.
"She told us to get the hell off her property and totally isolated herself," the neighbor said.
Two horse carcasses can still be seen from the road, rotting in a side yard.
Hinds was arrested for animal cruelty, mistreatment, and 'harming a work service animal.'