Connecticut is pursuing animal cruelty charges against a woman who allegedly failed to properly care for more than a dozen animals.

Maureen Kenney was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture (DOA) on May 13. The warrant stated that she had failed to care for 10 horses, five rabbits, two goats, three dogs, two cats and a duck, which were being kept at her home.

The state seized the animals, many of which officials say were severely malnourished, and brought them to various care facilities around the state to be rehabilitated. Raymond Connors, head of the DOA's Animal Control office, says the horses were being cared for at York Correctional Institute in Niantic as part of a special program for female prisoners, and the other animals were at municipal shelters around the state.

DOA Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky says the animals' conditions had improved significantly since May, and that agents had urged Kenney to improve her care of them before the seizure took place.

"Ultimately, we had to intervene and remove the animals to ensure their health and welfare," he says.

The animals are expected to be put up for adoption once they are returned to full health.

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