A 75-year-old Redding resident will face animal abuse charges after two “severely emaciated” horses were seized from her home Thursday, according to the state Department of Agriculture.
Authorities found the two mustangs living in filthy stalls at Lisa Lind-Larsen’s home at 6 Packer Brook in Redding and said the animals were so underweight their bones were protruding, according to a release from the Department of Agriculture.
The department launched an investigation into the horses’ conditions after receiving tips and photographs that the horses were “dangerously underweight and locked in unsanitary stalls for long periods of time with little food and unclean water,” the release says.
It’s not the first time Lind-Larsen has come under fire for possible animal neglect. A complaint was filed in 2011 over concerns about the horses’ weight but was resolved after they bulked up, according to the release.
Lind-Larsen was charged with importing a dog without a health permit and failing to license a dog in April after officers learned that her Airedale puppy had been exposed to a rabid raccoon, the release says. Lind-Larsen pleaded not guilty and the case is currently pending.
The horses, named Chinook and Cheyenne, were taken to the Department of Agriculture’s Large Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Facility in Niantic on Thursday, where they will remain for the time being.
She adopted two horses from the federal Bureau of Land Management in 2005, and a complaint was filed in 2011 when authorities found the horses to be underweight. The issue was resolved after the animals gained weight, according to the release.
Redding police and Animal Control assisted both investigations.
Lind-Larsen can appeal the seizure of the horses in court. She has not been charged but the Department of Agriculture says officers plan to charge her with animal neglect.