Malnourished horses seized; Owner arrested

By Hailey Winslow, General assignment reporter, hwinslow@wjxt.com
Published On: Mar 21 2014 03:07:59 PM EDT
Updated On: Mar 22 2014 12:37:07 AM EDT

VIDEO: Several emaciated and malnourished horses were found on a Keystone Heights farm. A woman is charged with eight counts animal cruelty.

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -

Clay County Animal Care and Control seized three horses, two ponies and a miniature horse on Friday that a veterinarian says each animal is between 100 and 300 pounds underweight.

Owner Deanna Biscardi, 43, of Keystone Heights, was arrested and charged with eight counts of animal cruelty.

Investigator said they found little food or water on the property off County Road 315 in southwest Clay County.

IMAGES: Horses removed from owner

Animal Control will begin rehabilitating the animals, attempting to return them to normal weight and health.  Two other horses were returned to a previous owner, who is handling their care.

Clay County officials said they have been aware of the problem since October and Biscardi was given several warnings.

Bond of $20,000 was set for Biscardi -- $2,500 per horse.

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