Authorities took a Florida woman into custody after finding two of her horses malnourished to the point where one of them had to be euthanized.
Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 25-year-old Tiffany Ann Young on two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty.
Young was also jailed on a misdemeanor charge of possessing drug paraphernalia for allegedly having a piece of cut straw with fentanyl residue inside it.
Young’s total bond at booking was set at $5,000, which a judge left unchanged at her first court appearance, arrest and court records show.
According to Young’s arrest report, deputies responded to the 6100 block of South Lecanto Highway as a result of a sheriff’s office animal control investigation at the property.
Authorities discovered several animals, but a pair of horses belonging to Young were in poor health, with one, named Jim, lying on his side in dirt by the front porch.
According to Young’s arrest report, the second horse’s ribs and hip bones were visible.
A veterinarian told animal control officers Jim needed to be euthanized because of his neglected condition.
According to her arrest report, Young was informed by the veterinarian the week before that Jim needed to be euthanized, but she refused and became angry with animal doctor.
Young told deputies she was feeding her horses but couldn’t understand why they were so thin.
Animal control officers discovered large amounts of sand when they tested the horses’ feces, leading them to believe the animals had little to no grass to eat. Young was also told by animal control the week before to replace her horses’ hay because it was moldy.
Deputies found the drug paraphernalia in Young’s front pocket when they searched her during her arrest.