Buckeye woman arrested for abuse after 9 horses seized

BUCKEYE, AZ - A woman accused of animal abuse was arrested in Buckeye on Thursday.

According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, the 59-year-old woman faces 13 charges stemming from her lack of care of horses on her property.

A search warrant was served on the property near Van Buren Street and Sun Valley Parkway on March 12 where detectives seized nine horses, including a Clydesdale.

Detectives noted several other issues with animals on the property, but none as severe as the horses seized, according to MCSO.

The 2-year-old Clydesdale was determined to be 700 to 800 pounds under weight and severely sick. Another horse reportedly had a rare infestation of lice and most needed their teeth filed down. All had overgrown hooves as well, officials said.

The owner of the animals was arrested for seven counts of animal abuse/cruelty neglect and six counts of animal abuse/failure to provide medical treatment.

Two horses are being cared for by inmates at the Tent City Jail and the other seven will be transferred there soon, according to MCSO.

According to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the horses will be nursed back to health and adopted into “loving homes.”

ABC15 is not identifying the woman who has not officially been charged.

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