ESSEX - An Essex woman was arrested and charged with not feeding horses earlier this week.
Shelley Wing was arraigned in Essex Town Court Monday on 41 counts of failing to provide sustenance in violation of the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law.
Wing failed to provide enough food and water to more than 40 horses on her farm, according to a press release from Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting.
The horses were removed pursuant to a search warrant late last week and are undergoing medical treatment and controlled feeding to bring them back to a healthy condition, Cutting said.
The sheriff's office became aware of this alleged neglect when a concerned citizen complainted. The sheriff's office, with help from a local judge and the county district attorney's office, got a search warrant, and the horses were examined by veterinarians and removed from the property. They were found to be in varying conditions ranging from severe malnutrition to injury.
"While we deal with varying degrees of animal complaints, this is one of the most severe that I have seen in many years of law enforcement," Cutting said in the release. "It will take a significant amount of time, care and treatment to bring these beautiful animals back to a healthy state once again."