Eight starving horses have been found on the California ranch of a man who won $40 million in a lottery 11 years ago. (Daily Mail)
Fresno County sheriff’s deputies arrested 47-year-old Jose Francisco Romo on Wednesday and he was booked for investigation of felony animal cruelty.
Bail is set at $40,000.
The Fresno Bee reports Romo signed over ownership of 11 horses on the 40-acre San Joaquin Valley ranch to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The last three horses are being removed from the Sanger ranch on Thursday.
Neighbor Melanie Skadden called the SPCA about the emaciated horses.
Romo and his wife Trudy moved to the ranch shortly after winning the California SuperLotto jackpot in 2001.
According to Trudy’s mother the couple has separated and she was unaware, when he Fresno Bee called, that Jose had been arrested.
The neighbor, Skadden, told the local paper that there had been 12 horses on the ranch and that skeletal remains of one was found by a canal.