The Mohave County Sheriff's Office said a 62-year-old Mohave Valley woman has been charged with animal cruelty after what she claimed was a horse rescue operation was inspected by livestock officers.
Mohave County deputies and Animal Control officers, along with a Arizona Department of Livestock officer, responded to the home of Andrea Zindel Smith in the 3200 block of Old West Drive in Mohave Valley June 18 in response to complaints about horses in need of food, water and medical care.
Sheriff's Spokeswoman Trish Carter said the officers found four adult horses and a young horse in poor health at the property. All of the horses were said to be severely underweight and emaciated.
Carter said that the horses had water but that it had turned green from algae and manure.
Officials went out to the property again on Monday, this time bringing with them a veterinarian.
Smith reportedly told officials that the horses were rescues, but Carter said the woman's story changed multiple times.
She also reportedly claimed to have made medical appointments for the horses, but local veterinarians said they had no record of Smith calling.
After consulting with the Arizona Department of Livestock Officer, Smith was advised to have the horses seen by a veterinarian within a week.
Smith was arrested on five counts of failure to provide medical treatment for animals, misdemeanors. Carter said an ongoing investigation may result in further charges.
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