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Case ID: 19449
Classification: Hoarding
Animal: dog (non pit-bull), horse, dog (pit-bull)
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Monday, Mar 12, 2012

County: Cumberland

Disposition: Alleged
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Alleged: Jay Williams

A homeowner will likely face criminal charges after about a dozen emaciated animals were discovered at a Maxwell Road home Monday night, including a horse that had to be euthanized, according to Cumberland County Animal Control.

Authorities seized three or four dogs and were working to seize eight surviving horses that were discovered after an anonymous tipster called about 7:15 p.m. to report nine malnourished horses were behind a home in the 8000 block of Maxwell Road, said Dr. John Lauby, director of Animal Control.

"It's a pretty bad cruelty issue," Lauby said. "It's been going on for some time."

An officer who arrived in response to the call found one of the horses on the ground, apparently dying, he said. On a scale of one to nine, with nine being the best health, the Tobiano-Paint horse registered a one, he said.

A veterinarian was called to the scene and decided the animal had to be put down because it was "in death row," Lauby said.

"You can put your finger in between each rib about an inch or an inch and a half," Lauby said. "He'd been laying down and had fecal material on him from where he had been laying down. He couldn't even get up to go to the bathroom."

The horse on the ground was likely worse off than the others because bigger, stronger horses will dominate food when resources are scarce, he said.

Lauby said eight other horses at the home also appeared malnourished, as did several dogs - one appearing to be a pit bull mix and the others resembling border collies.

"There was no food, no water," Lauby said. "He's got places where he would put a round bale of hay, it looks like, for horses - which isn't a good thing anyway, because it molds and the horses get sick from the mold - but there was no hay, no water, no food for the dogs, no water for the dogs."

Animal Control impounded the dogs that were found at the house and is working with a rescue group to relocate the horses, he said.

The animals' owner, Jay Williams, was not home when investigators arrived, but he later showed up, Lauby said. Williams offered no excuse for the condition of the animals and "got kind of irate" when questioned about it, prompting officers to call the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office for backup.

Charges are pending, Lauby said.

Five horses, including a colt, were still visible on the property Tuesday afternoon. A woman who answered the door said Williams was at work and declined to comment. Williams did not immediately return a message.


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