Dallas woman charged with neglecting dozens of dogs, horses

In this Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016 photo, a Dallas Animal Services officer tries to befriend a horse so it can be transported to humane conditions as the Code Compliance Department gathers animals related to an animal cruelty charge from a residence in Dallas. (Louis DeLuca /The Dallas Morning News via AP)

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas-area woman faces animal cruelty charges after authorities seized more than 40 dogs and eight horses at her property.

Dallas County jail records show Melinda Vinzant was being held without bond Thursday on charges of cruelty to livestock animals and cruelty to non-livestock animals. She’s also facing several warrants related to outside storage issues.

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, two dogs make their way cautiously around the property as the Code Compliance Department gathers animals related to an animal cruelty charge from a residence in Dallas. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
In this photo taken on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, two dogs make their way cautiously around the property as the Code Compliance Department gathers animals related to an animal cruelty charge from a residence in Dallas. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Dallas Animal Services officials say they found deplorable conditions during Wednesday’s confiscation of the animals, including several dead dogs in Vinzant’s home. Authorities responded to complaints from neighbors about strong odors and animals living in unhealthy conditions, such as horses in deep mud.

Online jail records don’t list an attorney for speak for Vinzant.

Officials are trying to determine the health of the confiscated animals, which could be offered for adoption.

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