Cherokee County, Alabama – A horse and a pony were left tied outside their small barbed wire fence next to County Rd 32. The horse was extremely emaciated, too weak to stand, and apparently left to die by its owner, and the pony was nearly as close to dying.
Horrified members of the local community rallied to help them, and law enforcement was called. When Animal Control arrived, they informed the animal advocates there was nothing they could do, and ordered them off the property. Dr. Jeremy Deaton, supervising veterinarian for Cherokee County Animal Control told reporters “…at this time there is nothing that can be done due to the fact that the animals are on private property and because the case falls under the jurisdiction of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.” He went on to say “[We] are not allowed to go on private property to seize any animal without a Judge’s order or a court order when it comes to livestock.”
The owner of the horses agreed to sell them to the animal advocates, and once money was in hand, allowed the horses to be removed from her property. The horses was far too emaciated, sick and injured to be rehabilitated and was humanely euthanized, but the pony, while extremely skinny, is expected to recover.
There is no word from Cherokee County or the Department of Agriculture if charges will be filed against the owner.
Joelle McBurnett has been documenting the case on her Facebook page.
Author: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773
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