REDDING, Conn. (WTNH) – State Animal Control Officers from the Dept. of Agriculture seized two severely emaciated horses Thursday from a home in Redding and plan to file animal-neglect charges against their owner.
The two Mustangs taken from the 6 Packer Brook property of Lisa Lind-Larsen, 75, were living in unsanitary stall conditions and were extremely underweight, with their ribs, hip bones, and spinal bones prominent.
Thursday’s seizure was prompted by information and photographs provided to the Dept. of Agriculture earlier this week that the horses were dangerously underweight and locked in unsanitary stalls for long periods of time with little food and unclean water.
Lind-Larsen had previously been investigated for possibly neglecting the horses – Chinook and Cheyenne – which she adopted in 2005 from the federal Bureau of Land Management. A 2011 complaint that the horses were underweight was resolved after the horses gained weight over the course of several months.
Chinook and Cheyenne were taken Thursday to the Dept. of Agriculture’s Large Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Facility in Niantic. They will be cared for there pending resolution of the seizure, which Lind-Larsen can appeal in court.
In April of this year, Lind-Larsen was charged with importing a dog without a health permit and failing to license a dog after officers responded to a call that an Airedale puppy she owned had been exposed to a dead raccoon that was found to be rabid. She has pleaded not guilty and the case is pending in Danbury Superior Court.
Donations to help offset costs to care for neglected animals can be made
by sending a check to:
THE ANIMAL ABUSE COST RECOVERY ACCOUNT
c/o Connecticut Department of Agriculture
165 Capitol Ave., Room G-8A Hartford, Connecticut 06106