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Neglected horses seized in Riverside County

September 22, 2011 |  8:09 pm

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Animal control officials in Riverside County are seeking misdemeanor animal cruelty charges against a La Cresta woman for allegedly neglecting more than a dozen thoroughbred horses.

Officers responding to a tip about skinny horses seized 16 animals Thursday from a large property near Murietta, according to Riverside Animal Services spokesman John Welsh. He said 15 of the animals appeared to be underweight.

The owner had been previously cited for neglect, Welsh said. The matter has been presented to the Riverside County district attorney's office.

The horses are in protective custody, Welsh said, and are not available for adoption.

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Photo: One of the seized horses is loaded into a trailer. Credit: John Welsh / Riverside County Animal Services

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