Press Releases

Tuesday 07/25/2017 4:10 PM - Animal Neglect

Contact: Tony Cipolla
Phone: (805) 781-4547
Type of Incident: Animal Neglect
Date and Time of Incident: 7-18-17
Place of Occurrence: 14000 block of Arvin Trail, Santa Margarita
Victim Information: N/A
Suspect Information: Misty Marie Lambert, 43, Transient
Details of News Release: On 7-18-17, the Sheriff's Rural Crime Unit completed its investigation regarding an animal neglect case in California Valley. This investigation resulted in the seizure of 11 horses from property located in the 14000 block of Arvin Trail in Santa Margarita. The Sheriff's Rural Crime Unit along with the assistance of a local ranch, County Animal Services and HEET (Horse Emergency Evacuation Team) were able to round up the horses and have them transported off-site. The suspect, Misty Lambert of Paso Robles, had maintained the horses on the property. Through the course of the investigation, it was determined the horses were not provided with adequate food and water for periods as long as six days in temperatures in excess of 100 degrees. Additionally one of the horses , a colt was attacked on multiple occasions by dogs at the location. The colt was ultimately euthanized due to its extensive untreated injuries. Seven of the remaining horses are being held at County Animal Services. The three remaining horses were stallions which were transported to the Equine Center in San Luis Obispo. Charges of felony animal neglect have been filed with the District Attorney's Office against Lambert.

Prepared By: tcipolla
Released: Tuesday 07/25/2017 4:10 PM