Possible animal abuse under control

Friday, February 23, 2007

by Kristina Grossheim

Staff Writer

The Marshall County Sheriff's Department may have helped the health and welfare of 21 horses.

The Sheriff's Office received a call that there may be possible animal abuse at Eagleville Pike, a location that has had issues on three previous occasions. After conferring with County Director of the Marshall County Extension Office Ricky Skillington, they decided to investigate the situation.

Skillington found 21 horses in a pasture without grass and a few old rolls of hay. Six to eight of the horses were estimated to have a body condition score of 2.5 or less on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest. 2.5 or less qualifies as extremely thin. Yet, there was 250 pounds of Co-op horse feed in a trailer nearby.

Captain Dalton and Skillington informed the owner of the horses that something had to be done about the poor nutritional state of the horses. The owner said he had been feeding the horses grain and hay, but he would comply with their directions.

The owner later informed Skillington that the thinner horses had been moved to a different pasture so they have the chance to eat more grain. Since the owner has agreed to comply, no neglect has been found at this time, but the situation will continue to be monitored with additional measures taken if necessary.

To report animal abuse contact the Marshall County Sheriff's Department or Police Department. Do not contact the Marshall County Extension Office.