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Malnourished Horse Leads to Animal Cruelty Charges

Two people have been charged with animal cruelty after a miniature horse was attacked by dogs, authorities said.

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CAMERON, N.C. — Two people have been charged with animal cruelty after a miniature horse was attacked by dogs, authorities said.

The horse was so malnourished that it couldn't fend off the attack, Harnett County Animal Control supervisor Tino Medina said. The horse had bite marks and sores all over its body following the attack, he said.

An equine protection group has assumed custody of the horse, which is recovering, he said.

Alex Smith and Tiffany Connelly, both of Cameron, have been charged with felony animal cruelty in the case.

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