Woman arrested on animal cruelty charges

Horses seized from a home in Redding, July 10, 2014. (Photo: Conn. Dept. of Agriculture)

REDDING, Conn (WTNH) -The owner of two horses found emaciated in a Redding home, has turned herself in.

Lisa Lind-Larsen, 75, of 6 Packer Brook, was charged with two counts of cruelty to animals in the July 10 seizure of two mustangs by State Animal Control Officers from the Dept. of Agriculture. The mustangs were living in unsanitary stalls lined with several inches of manure, unclean water and were extremely underweight, with their ribs, hip bones, and spinal bones prominent. They also were in need of immediate veterinary and dental care.

Their seizure was prompted by information and photographs provided to the Dept. of Agriculture by a visitor to Larsen’s property.
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.

Lind-Larsen turned herself in to Redding police last week when she learned of a warrant for her arrest. She was released on a promise to appear in Danbury Superior Court on Aug. 20.
Chinook and Cheyenne are recovering at the Dept. of Agriculture’s Large Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Facility in Niantic.

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