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Pasco woman arrested after seven horses found to be malnourished

One horse died. The others likely will be auctioned off, according to deputies.
A Pasco County woman was arrested Wednesday after seven of her horses were found to be malnourished, including one that later died. [Pasco County Sheriff's Office]
A Pasco County woman was arrested Wednesday after seven of her horses were found to be malnourished, including one that later died. [Pasco County Sheriff's Office]
Published Nov. 21
Updated Nov. 21

A Pasco County woman was arrested Wednesday after seven of her horses were found to be malnourished, including one that later died.

Nicole Hutchins, 32, of Hudson faces charges of animal cruelty, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

Nicole Hutchins, 32, of Hudson faces charges of animal cruelty, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. [Pasco County Sheriff’s Office]

A passerby noticed the horses on Oct. 24 and notified authorities. The Sheriff’s Office’s Agricultural Unit worked with the owners to try to address the issue.

However, deputies and Pasco Fire Rescue personnel were called to the property Wednesday when one of the horses was unable to get up.

The horse later died.

Deputies took custody of the remaining six horses and will be petitioning the court for possession so they may be auctioned.

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