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Monday, Apr 19, 2004County: Johnston
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Alleged: Evelyn P. Shackley
A woman in Johnston County who used to take care of homeless horses is now facing several charges of animal cruelty. Johnston County authorities say they have issued seven warrants for the arrest of Evelyn Shackley, who used to run the Hobby Horse Farm. Shackley now faces seven charges of animal cruelty.
Christy Whittington of the Equine Rescue League, a nonprofit organization that rescues and rehabilitates abused animals, said the ERL found the abused horses when they went to Shackley's property for a routine visit.
"(The property) is a former foster home for the rescue league. We came out to do a regular check of two of the fosters (Shackley) had," Whittington said.
The two horses were found thin, frail and infected with worms. The ERL also found seven of Shackely's horses with visible signs of starvation.
Jennifer Hack of the ERL said the edge of the rib cage of one of the horses was clearly visible and it's spine had a prominent dip in it.
After Shackley refused to surrender the horses to the ERL, they contacted Johnston County authorities. All of the horses on Shackley's property are now being moved to another foster home.
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