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Neglected horses find new homes

Posted July 23, 2008

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— The horsed seized from a Moore County farm in May have found new homes.

Animal services removed 19 horses, seven cattle and two llamas from the the 71-acre Hilltop Stables at 2957 Cypress Church Road in May, calling the case one of the worst they have seen.

Veterinarians said many of the animals had worms, protruding ribs and rotting hooves and teeth. They were taken to a farm in Vass to receive medical care.

Since that time, 18 of the 19 horses have been placed in new homes, animal control officers reported Wednesday. One horse died of liver failure.

Billy Campbell, 50, the owner of Hilltop Stables, was charged with nine counts of animal cruelty and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.

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  • WinnieFan Jul 24, 2008

    At least he was charged. I was watching Animal Cops the other night on Animal Planet, and there was an instance of a horse who had a halter on it's head for so long, his face grewt around it. He was totally neglected and the halter had to be surgically removed.

    Another instance showed a woman keeping a mare tied to a tree in her yard, which was covered with debris. It was all dirt, with some broken trees. She provided no hay and there certainly was no grass. The poor mare had every bone in her body protruding, not to mention the fact that she had a baby, so anything she had in her body was going to her baby. She was so starved for nutrients, she was scraping bark off the trees with her teeth, trying to get something to eat.

    Neither party in these situations were charged, as they were unable to prove "criminal intent". I think that is a crock!!!!

  • kstor33 Jul 24, 2008

    I want to be an "animal cop"...

  • ncrebel Jul 24, 2008

    Mr. Campbell should never be allowed to have any kind of animals again.