Idaho Woman Behind Bars, Charged With Animal Cruelty

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A Southwest Idaho woman has been arrested and charged with animal abuse after law enforcement rescued visibly malnourished horses from her Payette home.

Payette Police said they had been keeping an eye on the horses since early fall and had given the owner a previous warning about the animals' condition. Ultimately, in late November, a veterinarian suggested that the horses were "at a critical stage" and the animals needed to be taken into protective custody.

And this morning's Ontario Argus Observer reports that Tamara Wright of Payette was arrested Dec. 8 and booked into the Payette County Jail on a charge of animal cruelty. Police said they were unable to serve Wright with an arrest warrant until she came out of her home. At the time of Wright's arrest, police also served her with formal seizure papers so that the animals could be adopted by new owners.

The Argus Observer reports that the horses are currently being cared for by volunteers at the Payette Partners Rescue Ranch in New Plymouth, where caregivers say the horses are on their way to recovery.