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Three emaciated horses seized in Moore County

Posted May 21, 2010

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— Moore County authorities seized three malnourished horses Thursday from an area farm.

Animal Control officer Frank Ringelberg said each of the horses was 200 to 500 pounds underweight. The animals were taken to an undisclosed location for housing and care.

Ringelberg said he found the horses on land off N.C. Highway 705 while helping Moore County deputies return a stolen horse to its owner. He estimated that the animals hadn't been properly fed for at least three months.

The horses' owners, Johnny Baxter McCaskill Jr. and Tony English Jr., have been charged with failure to nourish.

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  • sandhillsk9 May 21, 2010

    SHORT UPDATE:
    ALL HORSES STILL DOING GOOD AND GAINING ENERGY BY THE DAY!
    THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT.
    FOR THE REAL STORY WITH PICTURE AND VIDEO FOLLOW THE LINK
    http://www.thepilot.com/news/2010/may/20/three-starving-horses-seized/

  • If the shoe fits.... May 21, 2010

    I read the article hoping to read that it was a neighbor who turned in the owners for neglect. When something like this goes on, I have to wonder why neighbors do not turn the owners in. Surely they can do so anonymously. Law enforcment can't be everywhere, but other compassionate individuals surely can call it in.

  • Always160 May 21, 2010

    Agreed...Do you part and come to the Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee's in Wake Forest tomorrow for the Equine Rescue League. These horses need somewhere to go to be protected, cared for and healed!

  • Desiderata May 21, 2010

    I have 4horses,,A horse grases most of the day..that is how they are made...if you cant deal with their needs..they don't deserve to be mismanaged by you!...Yes my life revolves around my horses,,better then dealing with people,,,,,,,they are NOT property..but FAMILY!!

  • luvmyjackrascal May 21, 2010

    Animal cruelty definitely should be a felony - the consequences could at least b harsher - these animals suffer so much at the hands of a human - and they just have to take it and take it. A slap on the hand isn't near enough.

  • k9sandQtrs May 21, 2010

    I've had such an issue with keeping the weight OFF of my horse that it's hard to imagine letting one starve, unless the guy had them fenced into an area with no grass whatsoever. Poor ponies! Glad someone got them out of the situation before it was too late.
    Times are tough and I understand that it can be hard for someone to suck it up and ask for help. People just have to swallow their pride and realize that it isn't shameful to ask for help, and as hard as it is to rehome a horse, there are people out there that will take one in. There's always the option of offering someone a "free lease" if you don't want to have to give your animal up altogether.

  • iron fist May 21, 2010

    Some types of fescue can cause colic in horses,

  • elmerthegoat May 21, 2010

    Sorry Iron fist- I know the man has access to plenty of fescue pasture. I guess these horses were not on it.

  • iron fist May 21, 2010

    Horses do eat a lot, more than they need. They will eat 15 hours aday if food is available. Horses loose weight durning the winter months, hay just fills them up doesn't provide much nourishment you can't overfeed on grain or you could have a very sick animal. Its has been very dry this spring not much new fresh grass in some areas for horses to eat. They are picky eaters. Not defending the man but he may have been doing all he could.

  • momeeee May 21, 2010

    There is a Flapjack Fundraiser tomorrow at the Applebees in Wake Forest to benefit the US Equine Rescue League. 7am - 10 am Come and support the cause!

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