Cate was charged with "intentionally injure and torment" of the horses and faces 26 animal cruelty charges; 13 charges of failing to provide food for the horses, and 13 charges for neglecting to provide veterinary care.
Authorities state Cate has 40 horses living on her property.
Some of the horses removed were severely undernourished, and their teeth had not been cared for or routinely "floated." Another horse had an untreated leg injury.
Cate runs a boarding facility; the owners of the horses are being notified although most of the horses are owned by Cate.
An investigation into animal neglect was initiated back in December when Animal Control cited Cate for neglect. Reports of other animal neglect date back several years. Cate received recommendations for the care of the horses, and according to reports did not follow through with the treatments prescribed.
Cate was taken to the Gaston County Jail and is free on bond. The horses are now in foster care and being treated.
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