Horse owner charged with animal cruelty |

Horse owner charged with animal cruelty

A Vallejo woman who owns a 45-acre horse ranch on Spenceville Road in Penn Valley turned herself in to authorities Wednesday morning, charged with felony animal cruelty.

Pam Fyffe, 49, a marketing consultant and entrepreneur from the Bay Area with another ranch near Napa Valley, refuted claims by her neighbors last February that she starved several of the 40 Spanish Mustangs she keeps at her Spenceville Road property.

On Feb. 3, her neighbor Lynn Lise called Nevada County Animal Control to report one of Fyffe’s horses was so skinny and weak it couldn’t stand up, and it was laying in mud.

The horses were being cared for by a young couple Fyffe paid to watch her property.

Neighbors took the sick horse to a neighbor’s ranch, where it was put down by a local veterinarian with Fyffe’s permission.

Nevada County Animal Control Sgt. Bruce Baggett, who was called to the scene by the neighbors Feb. 4, said he had intended to seize several of the horses on Fyffe’s property because they were underfed and in an “unacceptable” condition.

He posted notice of a pre-seizure hearing on her front door, but Fyffe claims she never received the notice.

Fyffe hired a lawyer and refuted claims by investigators and her neighbors that she was neglecting her horses.

Animal control officers continued their investigation and have secured enough evidence of neglect to secure a warrant for her arrest.

Fyffe turned herself in to authorities at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday and was released from custody.

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