Deputies needed ventilation masks Wednesday after opening a dark South Kitsap shed and finding one dead horse, two more malnourished horses and four emaciated dogs living in pens.
A 60-year-old woman was later arrested on suspicion of first-degree animal cruelty and released from jail.
According to Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reports, deputies went to the home in the 6800 block of Phillips Road after a witness reported a terrible odor and showed deputies a photo of the dead horse inside the shed. There was no food or water seen, and the dead horse was covered with lime.
Deputies said the shed was hot and dark and lacked ventilation, and the floor was covered in feces. Kitsap County Animal Control took the dogs and horses.
Later that night, deputies found the owner at her elderly mother’s home in South Kitsap, reports said. The woman cares for her elderly mother.
She told deputies she had no money to care for the animals, but didn’t want to give them up. For a year and a half she would feed the animals when she had money for food, according to the reports.