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Mistreated horses lead to Buckeye woman's arrest

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Nine of 11 horses on the Buckeye property were seized. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Nine of 11 horses on the Buckeye property were seized. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Deputies said the owner, Denise Denney, would face animal cruelty charges. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Deputies said the owner, Denise Denney, would face animal cruelty charges. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Most of the horses suffered other maladies, as well. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Most of the horses suffered other maladies, as well. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
On Thursday, April 3, Denney was arrested on 13 counts of animal abuse. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) On Thursday, April 3, Denney was arrested on 13 counts of animal abuse. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
BUCKEYE, AZ (CBS5) -

A 59-year-old Buckeye woman was arrested on 13 counts of animal abuse after nine horses, including a Clydesdale that deputies said was 800 pounds underweight, were seized by Maricopa County sheriff's deputies on her property March 12.

Denise Denney was arrested Thursday on seven counts of cruel neglect and six counts of failure to provide medical treatment for her animals.

Deputies served a search warrant on her property after receiving a letter about the conditions of the animals, the contents of which were confirmed by deputies during a visit to the property at 29209 W. Polk St. in Buckeye late March 11, said Brandon Jones of the sheriff's office.

Jones said there were 11 horses on the property, and nine were taken to Durango Equine in Buckeye for treatment.

Detectives spent the next several weeks gathering evidence and waited for a veterinarian's report before arresting Denney, according to an MCSO statement.

The 2-year-old Clydesdale was in the worst condition, according to the statement. In addition to being underweight, it was severely sick.

Another horse had a rare lice infestation and most of the horses needed their teeth filed down to eliminate pain and to allow them to chew, and all horses had overgrown hooves, according to the statement.

The animals are in the custody of the sheriff's office either as evidence or to be put up for adoption, Jones said.

Jones said 13 dogs and a goat were also found on the property, but were not seized, even though some dogs needed medical attention.

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