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Thursday, Jan 26, 2012County: Sumner
Alleged: Name Undisclosed
The Sumner County Sheriff's Office is investigating animal cruelty allegations in rural Conway Springs after one horse was found dead.
Concerned citizen David Rau answered his phone Thursday to hear the disturbing news.
"She said, you know those horses you were worried about, she said, one of them is dead," said Rau.
Rau says last summer neighbors in a rural Conway Springs neighborhood noticed three malnourished horses, confined to a small area without grass, feed or hay.
"They were so starved then, you could just see their bones sticking out all over," said Rau.
Residents began noticing the deteriorating condition of the horses in September of last year and that's when authorities were first notified.
Sumner County deputies went to the property to investigate and said they did find evidence of neglect.
They gave the owners a warning and checked back two months later to find some progress.
"They were in pretty good shape, looked like they had water and were being taken care of," said Sumner County Sheriff, Darren Chambers.
Rau and others say the situation continued to deteriorate, and Thursday one of the horses was found dead.
KSN tried to speak with the owners to get their side of the story, but were unable to contact them.
"They just can't afford to feed them," said Chambers.
Rau says it has gotten very expensive to feed horses.
Gray and hay costs him about $250 a month for his two horses, but says there is help out there.
"Most people will either give their horses away or make sure they are taken care of," said Rau.
Now, it is up to the Sumner County District Attorney to determine if official animal cruelty charges will be filed against the owners.
"Regardless or not, if the District Attorney charges or not, if we feel the animals are going to die if we don't intervene, we will go ahead and take the animals," said Chambers.
Authorities went to the property Thursday to investigate the horses' condition.
If they are too ill, officials will impound the animals and give them proper medical treatment.
- ksn.com - Jan 27, 2012
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