Chandler man accused of letting horses suffer SanTan Sun News

Chandler man accused of letting horses suffer

September 17th, 2021 SanTan Sun News
Chandler man accused of letting horses suffer
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A Chandler man faces six counts of animal cruelty after police found three malnourished horses.

Police said they also recovered evidence indicating that Taha Hussain, 49, may have been slaughtering horses for compensation on his farm near S. McQueen and E. Frye roads, although the charges filed against him make no mention of that.

Police said that during an inspection last month they found three horses in poor physical condition.

One “had a hard time breathing” and “appeared to have some sort of infection in its lungs” and was “unable to walk without appearing in pain.”

Another horse had an infection from unattended hooves and could barely stand and suffered from “large sores that were not being cleaned or treated to prevent infections,” police said in court papers.

A third horse appeared underweight and had no food or water even though the temperature outside was 105 degrees,  police said.

Chandler Police requested the assistance of the Arizona Department of Agriculture and obtained a search warrant that led to the discovery of the animals, estimated to be 17 to 20 years old.

The equines were transported to Durango Rescue in Phoenix for treatment.

Hussain was booked in Maricopa County Jail on numerous charges, including three counts of animal cruelty-serious physical injury, a class 6 felony, three counts of animal cruelty-neglect, a class 1 misdemeanor, and three counts of slaughter of animals for compensation without a License, a class 2 misdemeanor.

The website forcechange.com said, “The animals will be re-homed and allowed to live out the rest of their lives in peace. The same cannot be said for the other animals allegedly slaughtered, whose improper disposal appears to be nothing short of cruel.”

It also is circulating a petition to the prosecutor urging that the maximum penalty be sought against Hussain.

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