8 malnourished horses lead to arrest

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, Fla. -- A woman who allegedly kept her eight horses underfed and ill-cared for was arrested Friday on eight counts of animal cruelty.

Deanna Biscardi, 43, was booked into the Clay County Jail and is being held on a $20,024 bond, $2,503 for each count of animal cruelty, according to an arrest report from the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

According to the affidavit for the arrest warrant, Biscardi showed a deputy that "the feed she had available for the horses in her shed and it did not appear to be sufficient for the horses on the property."

Two of the eight horses were repossessed earlier this month by the original owner for non-payment, the arrest warrant said. The horses that were back in the care of the original owner "had noticeable weight gain and food available."

A doctor told the deputy the horses inability to gain weight is due to the fact that they are "not being fed properly or not being treated properly for sand or a combination of both and is neglect on the part of" Biscardi.

The affidavit stated that the horses were in the same condition when they were checked in October 2013.

The other six horses were taken to Clay County Animal Control's Green Cove Springs facility, where the staff will attempt to return them to normal weight.


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