Shagya arabian breeder Nancy Skakel was arraigned yesterday for the alleged maltreatment of her horses. Nineteen horses were seized from her Washington farm in February by authorities. Skakel was arrested and charged with one felony count of animal abuse and nineteen misdemeanor counts of confining animals in an unsafe manner.
At least 17 people voiced their concerns about the care and condition of Skakel’s farm. Rate My Horse PRO reported that in 2010 Skakel placed more than a dozen horses in new homes including stallions and mares in foal. We now know it was part of a deal with prosecutors. Court documents state a binder with documentation was lost by by the district attorney’s office and wasn’t found until until the new prosecutor, Lori Hoctor took office. “By the time the binder was located, a settlement had been reached under which Nancy Skakel was to relinquish her horses.”
Court records detail the deplorable conditions on the farm, the lack of basic care the horses received, and injuries sustained by some of the horses. Documents state Skakel admitted to letting her prized stallion, Sarvar PFF, lay in his stall for four days [until he died] with no veterinary care or humane intervention after he was kicked by a horse.
The Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office responded to 16 complaints at Skakel’s farm from 2005 through 2011. The complaints included animal abuse, reports of the horses not having food or water, to horses running at large on the public roadways.
Eight additional complaints were received in 2011 for Skakel’s horses being on the public road according to officials. Skakel was charged with three counts of livestock at large in May 2011 for her horses being loose according to court records. Two of the counts were reportedly dismissed, however $200 of the $250 fine was unpaid for the remaining citation as of February.
Skakel’s next hearing is scheduled for April 16. She remains out on bail.