According to a report, a 22-year old Texas woman has been arrested for animal cruelty after 12 horses, 24 dogs and other animals were found dead in her yard.
According to the Collin County Website, Rachel Sword, 22 of Westminster, Texas , faces charges including cruelty to non-livestock animal, a third degree felony; and cruelty to livestock/abuse as a state prison felony.
FOX 4 reported citing the arrest warrant.
The affidavit stated that investigators found several dead horses on the premises. The decay of the horses varied from being completely skeletonized, to having skin and fur on them. This generally indicates that the deaths weren’t recent.
Some of the dogs were found dead in cages inside the RV Sword lived in, and others where there was no protection from the sun.
Collin County Sheriff’s Office said that the incident was taken seriously. The Collin County Sheriff’s Office maintains a policy of zero tolerance for animal cruelty or abandonment.
Sword told investigators that the animals belonged to her late husband, but she was too depressed to care for them.
According to FOX 4, investigators have linked 16 animal cruelty or abuse-related complaints with the property after her arrest.
Animal services are taking care of several other animals, including two horses , two dogs , , a cow and two frogs.
According to Collin County website, she remains in custody after posting an $85,000 bail.