Neglected horses find new homes

Posted July 23, 2008 4:47 p.m. EDT
Updated July 23, 2008 4:58 p.m. EDT

— 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.