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Case ID: 19283
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: horse
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Sunday, Feb 12, 2012

County: Logan

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Name Undisclosed

Deputies in Logan County were investigating a case of animal cruelty Sunday.

The investigation was happening east of Guthrie.

Investigators want to know who owns the horses -- 20 of which are sick.

Meanwhile, one family is bringing bales of hay to feed the horses in hopes they can survive.

Trapped inside a barbed wire fence was a scene that neighbors described as heartbreaking.

"When the drought hit, the horses started going downhill. (I) didn't see anyone taking care of them or feeding them," said witness Terry Hoskins.

The Hoskins family contacted investigators after their dogs made a disturbing discovery on Saturday afternoon when they stumbled upon a dead horse.

"We're animal lovers, and we just want the care of animals to be the best," Hoskins said.

Deputies said they found 100 horses, and some of them were fighting for their lives.

"We've had several of them come over to our property, eat and then go home because they're hungry," said Hoskins' wife.

The Hoskins family has its own horse and cattle, but family members said they're more than happy to care for some of the sick horses.

The Logan County Sheriff's Office said the owner could face animal cruelty charges.


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