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Case ID: 18550
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: horse
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Thursday, Sep 1, 2011

County: Lawrence

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Jesse J. Shepard

The Moulton Police Department arrested a local man last week on animal cruelty charges after receiving a report about horses that were starving, Chief Lyndon McWhorter said.

Jesse J. Shepard, 44, of 16152 Market Street in Moulton, was charged with one count of cruelty to animals.

McWhorter said his department received information from citizens who said there were horses in a fence that looked neglected.

The chief visited the scene to investigate, and said the horses had no water and had eaten every bit of grass inside the fence and as far as they could reach outside the fence.

"Basically, they were trying to eat dirt at that point," McWhorter said.

The chief said he went with animal control officer Carolyn Atchison to the scene and found a water hose to give them water and also threw hay over the fence to the animals.

McWhorter said there was enough evidence to issue a warrant and arrest Shepard.

The horses were both taken by animal control. McWhorter said one was in grave condition and the other was slightly more healthy.

"Obviously, this had been going on a while," the chief said.

At press time, Shepard was being held in the Lawrence County Jail pending a bond hearing.


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