State: Horses seized due to being extremely underweight, unsanitary conditions

State animal control officers from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture seized two severely emaciated horses last week 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 of Lisa Lind-Larsen, 75, were living in unsanitary stall conditions and were extremely underweight, with their ribs, hip bones, and spinal bones prominent, according to state agricultural officials.

Information was provided to department

The July 10 seizure was prompted by information and photographs provided to the Department of Agriculture earlier in the week that the horses were dangerously underweight and locked in unsanitary stalls for long periods of time with little food and unclean water, according to a department press release.

Lind-Larsen had previously been investigated for possibly neglecting the horses — named Cheyenne and Chinook— that 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.

Horses now at state facility

Cheyenne and Chinook and were taken to the Department of Agriculture’s large animal rescue and rehabilitation facility in Niantic, in southeastern Connecticut. They will be cared for at the facility pending resolution of the seizure, which Lind-Larsen can appeal in court.

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, CT 06106

Other case also pending

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, state officials said.

She has pleaded not guilty and the case is pending in Danbury Superior Court.

The Department of Agriculture was assisted in both cases by the Redding Police Department and its animal control division.