Docs: Horses found underweight; AZ man arrested

Posted at 5:26 PM, Dec 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-09 19:26:27-05

The Maricopa County Attorney's office has charged a Tolleson man this week with animal cruelty.

On Monday, 47-year-old Daniel Fernando Segovia Junior was charged on multiple counts of animal cruelty when two of his four horses were found to be severely malnourished.

Deputies were called to the man's home near 108th and Southern avenues in October.

Records show deputies observed a pony who appeared to have little to no muscle or fat, and bones clearly visible. A veterinarian noted the pony's weight to be about 338 pounds. The ideal weight is near 500 to 600 pounds, according to court documents.

The pony's 8-year-old mother was observed to be lethargic. A veterinarian noted she was between 125 and 200 pounds underweight, records state. 

A third horses was said to be "skinny" and the fourth horse was in good condition, according to records.

Segovia told deputies that he has owned the horses for three years, fed them twice a day, but had not provided them any medical attention.

He's charged with two counts of animal cruelty.