Equine Rescue Wants Justice for Starved Horses
We told you in May about two horses and a foal starved so badly that the foal actually died.
Now the organization that rescued the horses says it's wants justice.
Theresa Batchelor with Beauty's Haven Farm and Rescue says "Dingolay" and another mare "Sienna" are recovering well after having been starved for months.
She says as of yet, however, justice has not been served.
In June, Crystal Knish appeared in court accused of only one count of confining an animal without sufficient food and water.
Theresa Batchelor says,
"To this day there have been no charges issued for Dingolay and the death of her baby."
Marion county animal services says they did seek charges for all three horses but they were dropped by the state attorney's office.
They also say they did intend to charge Todd Williams -the owner of two of the horses- but those charges were also dropped.
Batchelor also questions why Dingolay and the deceased foal Tonka were not seized once animal control saw their condition.
"If they had been maybe Tonka would be alive today."
Christy Jergens with Marion County Animal Services says,
"We were following our rules as far as giving the person a chance to remedy the situation and retain ownership, by law animals by law are personal property and so we need a sufficient reason to take someone's personal property from them."
Batchelor says she would like to see all parties who did not care properly for the horses to be charged.
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