Authorities in Greene County report a woman faces charges after deputies found animals that were severely malnourished.
Greene County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of the Lutheran Church in Lafe after reports of a horse running loose on August 5th.
Deputies found the horse and identified the owner as Angela Wind of Lafe.
The horse was reported to be “emaciated and covered in flies,” with open sores from the fly bites according to the probable cause affidavit.
Law enforcement found a second horse and a dog in similar conditions.
Authorities attempted to contact the owner but neighbors reported she had not been seen since July 4th.
Wind was found over the weekend in Missouri, arrested and transported from Dunklin County, to the Greene County Detention Center.
Wind is charged with three counts of Felony Cruelty to Animals, bond was set at $25,000 cash or surety.
Greene County Sheriff’s Post:
Many of you may remember this post from back in August, and a few of you reached out to me concerned about the welfare of this horse, as well as another located on Rainbow Drive in Lafe.
What I could not tell you at the time was that we had already begun an investigation into this matter at the time this horse was recovered from the highway on that Saturday afternoon. Detectives, along with the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society, seized the horses (and attempted to rescue a dog as well) two days later. As the owner of the horses could not be located at that time, a bench warrant was issued for her arrest. The probable cause affidavit narrative reads as follows:
“On 8/5/2023 deputies were dispatched to the area of the Lutheran Church in Lafe in reference to a horse that was running loose. Deputy Scott Young recognized this horse as belonging to Angela Wind of 163 Rainbow Drive in Lafe from previous calls of this horse being out. The horse was emaciated and covered in flies. It had open sores that appeared to be from the fly bites. Once returned to the property there was a second horse in similar condition. The property was grown up and was failing to be maintained. There was also a dog on the property that was in similar conditions as the horses. A search warrant was obtained on August 6, 2023 and executed on August 7, 2023 to seize the animals and search further for more animals that may be in danger. During this search, no other animals were found. There was no hay, food, or water for either horse and the enclosure they were being kept in was not sufficient for that type of animal. The horses were severely malnourished and underweight. Both horses had open sores that were bleeding and needed attention due to the risk of infection. The dog on the property was familiar to deputies as being one that used to stay inside the residence but appeared to have gotten out by jumping out the window. The dog was underweight and malnourished. No food or water was available for the dog to access. Contact with the owner was attempted but no one was home. Talking to the neighbors they said she hasn’t been seen by them at the property since July 4, 2023. They believed she was not living there at this time.”
Over the weekend, Angela Wind, age 55 of Lafe, was transported to our facility from Dunklin County, Missouri after she had been arrested in Missouri a couple of weeks ago. She was transported here after signing a waiver of extradition before a Missouri judge. Wind has been charged with three counts of Cruelty to Animals, each a class D felony. She is currently being held in our detention facility with a bond of $25,000, cash or surety.
As always, we appreciate the assistance provided to us by the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society and their willingness to assist us with animals, big or small.
This matter continues to be investigated at this time, and as such, no further information will be released at this time.
- Sheriff Brad Snyder