- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

EAST HAMPTON, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut officials have seized 32 horses, 80 chickens and other animals from an East Hampton breeder as part of an animal cruelty investigation.

The Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that the horses and chickens, along with two dogs and several rabbits, were removed from the Fairy Tail Equines facility after an investigation determined they were malnourished.

Officials say the investigation also found that the animals were kept in unhealthy conditions and haven’t received proper veterinary care.

The probe began in September after a woman who leased four horses to the facility claimed the animals were emaciated when they were returned to her.

The horses have been placed in the department’s animal rehabilitation facility in Niantic. The other animals were taken to municipal animal shelters in nearby towns.

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