Goshen woman arrested after 11 horses found starved to death

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A Goshen woman accused of allowing 11 horses to starve to death has been arrested and charged, officials say.

Authorities confirmed that Jeanne Ryan, the property owner of Argus Farm in Goshen, has been charged with animal cruelty and five counts of failure to properly dispose of dead animals.

Chief of Humane Law Enforcement of the Hudson Valley SPCA Gene Hecht says that on July 29, the bodies of six horses were found in the woods, and five horses were found starved and locked in their stalls at Argus Farm. She tells News 12 that one horse was found alive but extremely malnourished.

"You could see around the wooden window frames that the horses were so hungry they were eating the wood on the window frame,” she said. “It’s called cribbing, trying to stay alive."

Investigators say they visited the farm eight years ago during winter on another complaint. While no charges were filed at that time, News 12 has learned 10 horses showing signs of neglect were found.

Investigators tell News 12 they will visit the farm on Monday to check on the remaining horses.

Jeanne Ryan is due in court in September. News 12 has tried to reach Ryan for comment but was unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, a petition seeking the highest punishment for the charges against Ryan has gained nearly 6,000 signatures online.

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