PHOENIX — Maricopa County Sheriff’s officials say three malnourished horses have been seized from a woman in New River who says she was relying on transients to take care of the animals.

They say the woman hasn’t been arrested, but she could be facing three counts of animal cruelty charges for failing to provide medical treatment.

The owner of the horses says she knew they were sick and underweight and admitted they hadn’t received medical care in at least 18 months.

The horses have been turned over to Durango Equine Veterinary Clinic and are receiving emergency assistance.

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