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Case ID: 18503
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: horse
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Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011

County: Oklahoma

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Eileen Vazquez

A southeast Oklahoma City woman was arrested on two dozen animal cruelty complaints after animal welfare officers received calls about malnourished horses on her property.

Eileen Vazquez, 31, was arrested Wednesday afternoon when animal welfare officials confiscated five horses from her property at 18600 Patterson Drive.

Rodney Pesch, a supervisor with Oklahoma City animal control, said two people called anonymously to complain after seeing horses that looked unhealthy.

"We ended up taking five horses into custody that were in all stages of malnutrition," Pesch said. "One horse was deceased. It was buried by the owner. It was skin and bones."

A call to Vazquez's home was not returned Friday.

Pesch said the investigation is ongoing, but he did not expect anyone else to be arrested. Pesch said the conditions for the horses were appalling.

"They didn't have proper shelter or water. They didn't have food on the premises," Pesch said. "We're really concerned with the high temperatures we've had over the summer, there really isn't a lot for horses to eat, so owners need to be vigilant."

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