Published: Aug 31, 2010 3:33 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 31, 2010 12:33 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A St. Petersburg man is accused of neglecting two miniature horses found starving in a back yard.

Paul J. Morell faces two counts of animal cruelty. According to a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office report, Morell said he didn't have the money to take care of the two horses he purchased as pets for his daughter about two years ago.

Morell said he temporarily left the animals with another person, the owner of the home where the malnourished horses were found. The woman told authorities she tried to take care of them but didn't know what she was doing. She was not charged.

An anonymous tipster reported the malnourished horses. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals removed the horses to provide them with nourishment and medical care.