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Monday, Mar 17, 2014County: Clay
Alleged: Deanna Biscardi
A total of eight horses are now recovering after being rescued by Clay County Animal Control and the sheriff's office.
Of the eight horses, six are being cared for at the animal control center and two have been returned to their former owner.
The Clay County Sheriff's Office said 43-year-old Deanna Biscardi was supposed to be caring for them but instead the horses were being starved.
Biscardi is now facing eight counts of cruelty to animals.
According to animal control, the horses were found at Biscardi's home living in their own feces and in a yard with no grass for them to feed on.
Neighbor Vicky Miller said it's about time they were taken away.
"I was glad they're actually doing something to protect the horses, I feel bad that the horses had to go through this," said Miller.
Dr. Jennifer Broadhurst, who runs the county's animal control center, said they've had their eye on Biscardi since last year.
"They've been on our radar since about October. We've given some warnings about the care of the animals needing to gain weight, we were monitoring their weight, and then the individual moved and we lost track at that point," said Broadhurst.
After a neighbor's complaint the case was opened back up. The animals were in such bad shape Broadhurst said two of them are 300 to 500 pounds under weight, some have skin problems and even diarrhea.
"It's one of the worse ones I've seen here with horses," said Broadhurst.
According to Broadhurst, it'll be months before the horses are healthy again.
Biscardi is being held on a $20,000 bond.
- WTEV - March 21, 2014
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