A convicted horse abuser was held in jail in New York state after it was found she was keeping horses, in breach of the terms of her sentencing.
Ann Arnold, 58, could have been held in jail up to a year if she refused to remove three remaining horses on the property in question, Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy III said.
However, Arnold has since cut a deal for continued probation which will keep her out of jail – unless she breaches the terms again.
Arnold was convicted last northern spring on charges arising over the neglect of 19 horses.
Her sentence included a three-year ban on keeping horses. However, last November, it was found that 17 horses were roaming the property in question.
She was accused of breaching probation and was hauled before the courts, around which time she removed most the horses to a boarding facility.
However, last month, it was found that three of the horses still remained on her property.
Murphy announced late last month that Arnold had been sent to the Saratoga County Jail after it was successfully argued before Judge Cummings in Providence Town Court that she had violated the terms of her probation by having horses on a property in Wilton Road, Greenfield, New York.
The District Attorney’s Office argued that, after the DA had convicted Arnold of animal abuse, successfully placed the abused horses throughout the state at horse rescue facilities, and sentenced her to probation, she conspired with her brother by transferring ownership of her property to her brother and brought in new horses which she had obtained from Washington County.
The DA argued also that she furthered the conspiracy by transferring ownership of these new horses to her brother so she could claim that she had no control or ownership over the horses.
These new horses were in no way connected to the previously abused horses and were in “good health”, according to veterinarians who subsequently examined them.
The DA successfully argued that it was irrelevant as to whether or not the horses belonged to her, or were on her property, or that they were in “good health”, as the spirit of the judge’s order barring her from having horses on the property had been violated.
The DA’s Office asked the judge to hold Arnold in jail until such time that all the horses had been removed from the property as the sentencing judge had required.
Murphy said “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. 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.”