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S. O. investigating horse situation

Sheriff Jones reported at Monday’s Board of Supervisors meeting that his staff was at the scene of the horse problems on Dees Road.

Reports of malnourished, injured, and deceased horses prompted an investigation over the weekend. The dead animals have been buried and a local veterinarian is working with the investigation to assess the horses’ health, according to Jones.

Some of the horses had been moved from the property; the sheriff’s staff were trying to locate the other horses and assess their condition.

District 5 Supervisor Jimmy Phillips, who lives in the area, reported that he has noticed that some of the horses have fattened up since they were brought to the property but others have experienced declining health. Some were in terrible condition when they were brought there. He said at least one of the horses appeared to be very elderly and without teeth to eat properly.

Investigators with the Sheriff’s office said Monday that they will continue to monitor the condition of the remaining horses alongside veterinary experts as their investigation into possible wrongdoing by the owners of the animals continues. 

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