Vet worries about condition of horses at DeSoto stable

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DESOTO COUNTY, MS (WMC-TV) - From the outside, the Wynnewood Stables in DeSoto County look like a quiet, peaceful place where many people in the area board their horses.

Recently, however, several owners of horses being boarded there have made accusations that some horses there have been the subject of mistreatment, and maybe abuse.

Veterinarian Jennifer Dunlap said she was at the stable working on other horses when she saw something that horrified her.

"The four horses that we saw were body condition score of one out of nine - basically hide stretched over bone," she said. "One has a growth that's completely covering his right eye. One was dragging a leg."

Dunlap said the horses had little access to water or food, and can't last much longer.  The owner of the horses says they have cancer.

Dr. Mark Akin, the veterinarian for the stable, says he examined the horses in question.

"After examining the horses several weeks ago, I did not see any signs of abuse," Akin said in a statement. "The horses are old and have dealt with some disease issues in the past."

Kimberly Smith, who boards a horse at the stable, said she has had no issues with its health, but has seen the horses in question.  She believes something should be done about them.

"I spend long hours here," she said. "I've seen the way the animals are treated, and I don't want my horse to end up like some of the rest of them."

Ann Johnson, who runs the facility, was not available for comment for this story..

DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco said his department has known about the alleged complaints since 2006, but have found nothing to indicate there is any foul play or mistreatment involved.

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