Arabian Breeder Charged with Animal Cruelty One of the horses seized by authorities (top) and a photo used to promote Skyland Lane Farm's breeding business (bottom).  

Arabian Breeder Charged with Animal Cruelty

A Vermont Arabian breeder is facing animal cruelty charges after authorities seized almost two dozen horses from her Woodstock farm.
Marjatta Lavin, the owner of Skyland Lane Farm, pleaded not guilty to 10 misdemeanor counts of of animal cruelty on Friday. She was ordered not to have any contact with horses.

Authorities obtained a warrant after receiving a tip regarding the horses’ conditions. They were ultimately removed Thursday.
Skyland Arabians started breeding Polish Arabian horses in the early 1980’s. Internationally acclaimed stallions *Aladdinn, *Bask, Comet, *Emanor, and Palas, fill the pedigrees of the horses bred and owned by Lavin, according to the farm’s website.
The horses are receiving treatment at an undisclosed location.