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CT Animal Control Seizes Two Emaciated Horses

Two Mustangs, Chinook and Cheyenne, were removed from a Redding home Thursday after being found severely underweight.

Chinook and Cheyenne. Photo provided by CT Department of Agriculture
Chinook and Cheyenne. Photo provided by CT Department of Agriculture
State Animal Control Officers from the Department 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 owned by Lisa Lind-Larsen, 75, were living in unsanitary stall conditions and were extremely underweight, with their ribs, hip bones, and spinal bones prominent, officers said Thursday in a release.
 
Thursday’s seizure was prompted by information and photographs provided to the Department of Agriculture earlier this week showing 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 Department 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.
 
The Department of Agriculture was assisted in both cases by Redding Police and its Animal Control division.

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

Based off a release from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.

JED July 12, 2014 at 12:57 PM
Don't be so quick to condemn and judge the owner. Yes, the horses need to be removed and cared for stat. But this woman could have dementia. She may need help to care for herself,
James Best July 13, 2014 at 02:29 PM
so they will put the horses down to save them. That's great.
Dana July 13, 2014 at 06:12 PM
It's unlikely they will put the horses down if their only issue is a lack of groceries. However, they have obviously been starved on and off for at LEAST a few years if it was first reported in 2011. Like most mammals, this kind of malnutrition can destroy the internal organs. Horses a especially subseptable. I hope the court denies any appeal she makes, because what ever her issue is, she obviously either won't or can't properly care for them.
BARBARA July 14, 2014 at 10:52 AM
It says nothing about putting them down. Hopefully they will be fed and cared for then put up for adoption. Poor horses at the mercy of an unfit human to take care of them !
nana of 5 July 21, 2014 at 11:22 AM
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE !!!!!! Why have them if you can't care for them

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