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Saturday, Jan 14, 2012County: Ross
Alleged: Name Undisclosed
Animal cruelty charges might be filed against a local man after an investigation of the condition of horses on Bishop Hill Road.
A Ross County Sheriff's Office report indicated Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals representative Teresa Landon, of Grove City, requested the office meet with her about the situation Thursday. She told the deputy she reported a concern to the sheriff's office in December and was directed to work with the owner to gain access to check the horses.
Landon told deputies the owner agreed, and she took a tour of the property on the 1400 block of Bishop Hill Road on Jan. 14. Landon said she did not find water or food for 13 horses in a back pasture. She saw a pond, but it was frozen.
Landon said the society checked three other horses near the man's home and again did not find any food or fresh water for the animals. She claimed she could see the ribs, spine and hip bones of one of the horses and thought it was "in danger of dying."
A Mingo Road woman, Karen Wrightsel, who accompanied the SPCA, told deputies none of the other horses exhibited the same appearance, but she still was concerned about the lack of food and water. She said the owner allowed her to take the horse she thought to be "next to death" home with her, which she then surrendered to the SPCA.
According to the report, the horse in question had yet to be checked by a veterinarian. Charges are pending the results of the veterinarian's assessment.
- chillicothegazette.com - Jan 23, 2012
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