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Case ID: 19111
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: horse
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Thursday, Dec 15, 2011

County: Yazoo

Disposition: Convicted
Case Images: 3 files available

Defendant/Suspect: Alvin Ross

A Yazoo County man accused of starving more than a dozen horses has been convicted of cruelty to animal charges.

Alvin Ross was found guilty on Thursday of nine counts of cruelty to animals, according to a news release from In Defense of Animals, an international animal protection organization. Charges were filed on Dec. 15 by the Yazoo County Sheriff's Department following the discovery of nine dead horses on a property off Highway 49 between Bentonia and Yazoo City, IDA said.

Ross was accused of confining the horses without enough food, IDA said.

The surviving 15 horses and a mule were seized a few days after Ross' arrest upon a court order by Justice Court Judge Pam May. IDA was later granted permanent custody of the animals, which now at different locations receiving rehabilitative foster care and veterinary treatment.

A Mississippi animal welfare organization, Have a Heart Horse Rescue, has been caring for seven of the horses, IDA said.

"Sheila Horton, founder of HAHHR has provided invaluable support for this case," said IDA-Hope Animal Sanctuary Director Doll Stanley. "This many horses, needing so much care, places a tremendous burden on any humane organization, so partnerships such as with HAHHR are critical."

All the horses will be available for adoption when their rehabilitation is complete, IDA said.

Donations for the care of the horses can be made to In Defense of Animals, 52 CR 241, Grenada, MS, 38901, or for more information, call In Defense of Animals at 662-809-4483.

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