Convicted animal abuser convicted, again

FULTONVILLE — A woman with prior convictions of animal cruelty was once again convicted for animal cruelty. According to a news release, Ann Arnold, of 139 Egelston Road was convicted on May 7 in the town of Glen Court for violating the Agriculture and Markets Law Section 353 — overdriving, torturing and injuring animals: failure to provide proper sustenance, following a jury trial with Judge James M. Law presiding. Arnold was arrested in June 2016 for failing to provide proper medical treatment to a horse in her care. The horse ended up having to be euthanized.

Arnold’s prior convictions include a conviction in Saratoga County in 2012. She was charged with 19 counts of animal cruelty for abusing or neglecting 19 of the 23 horses she had on her farm at the time. Arnold was given three years probation and as part of her probation, she could not have horses on her property, she was ordered to get a mental health evaluation, pay a $400 fine and reimburse Upstate SPCA $7,112 for costs of monitoring the horses during investigation.

Arnold subsequently violated her probation by bringing 17 additional horses onto her property. In addition to bringing horses on her property, she did not undergo a mental health evaluation and did not pay the fine of $400 or the $7,112.

“She did admit to those violations,” said Saratoga District Attorney Karen Heggen.

This had been the second time she violated her probation with having horses on her property. However, Heggen said the first time Arnold had violated her probation, the judge found she did not violate it because of technicalities by transferring the ownership of her property with the horses to her brother prior to bringing the horses onto the land.

According to the release, three local veterinarians testified, along with concerned neighbors and Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies who investigated the case.

The case was prosecuted by Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Loraine C. Diamond. Arnold was represented by Philip Ackernam of Troy.

Sentencing is scheduled for Monday at 9 a.m. in Glen Town Court. Arnold can get up to a year in jail and three years probation.