Eastern Ark. couple faces 14 counts of felony animal abuse

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LANSING, Ark. (WMC-TV) - A eastern Arkansas couple faces 14 counts of felony animal abuse after severely malnournished horses were found in their possession.    
It happened in Lansing, a small community near Earle.

Authorities say the horses were in horrific physical condition, with missing hair, exposed ribs and protruding hip bones.

At least two of the horses have died, including a colt whose mother was too malnurished to produce milk.

Neighbors say the Whites have had the horses on the property for about two months. They said the horses were fed occasionally.

Crittenden County investigators told Action News 5 that the owner of the horses, Patricia White, has a history of animal abuse involving dogs. A complaint was filed against her in St. Francis County.

A recently-passed state law makes aggravated animal abuse a felony in Arkansas.

Investigators issued felony warrants for Patricia White and her husband, William "CoCo" White.

Patricia White is in custody, and authorities say they believe they know the whereabouts of her husband.

The couple is scheduled to appear in court in West Memphis on Friday.

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