15 'starving to death' horses rescued, 5 found dead in raid - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

15 'starving to death' horses rescued, 5 found dead in raid

Investigators found five other horses dead. Injured animals are being taken to a long-term shelter facility for intensive care and medical treatment. Investigators found five other horses dead. Injured animals are being taken to a long-term shelter facility for intensive care and medical treatment.
When the horses are strong enough the AHA will transfer them to a permanent facility. When the horses are strong enough the AHA will transfer them to a permanent facility.
The Fayette County Sheriffs Office arrested and charged Anthony Richardson with 18 counts of animal cruelty for the conditions of the animals. The Fayette County Sheriffs Office arrested and charged Anthony Richardson with 18 counts of animal cruelty for the conditions of the animals.

(WMC-TV) - American Humane Association deployed an emergency services team to Fayette County Tuesday to rescue 18 horses and a mule that were reportedly mistreated.

According to the AHA, the animals were at a private facility at a Whiteville home where they were starving to death. After the raid, the team found 15 of the horses in critical condition with a body score of only one (meaning emaciated) out of nine (meaning obese).

Investigators found five other horses dead. Injured animals were taken to a long-term shelter facility for intensive care and medical treatment. Two horses were clinging to life and had to be fed intravenously because of starvation.

"It was a terrible sight," said AHA Red Star animal emergency services team member Josh Cary. "Over the years we have been involved in many rescues, but the conditions of the animals here were some of the worst we've seen. The horses were emaciated, some just skin and bones. Fortunately, they are now in our hands and we hope to save as many as we can, and bring them back to health."

Veterinarian Jennifer Dunlap remains hopeful, but she says more of the horses may not make it; they do not have the physical reserves.

"It's very upsetting to see horses in this situation," she said. "Unfortunately it's not rare. We see it more often than we'd like to."

The Fayette County Sheriffs Office arrested and charged Anthony Richardson with 18 counts of animal cruelty for the conditions of the animals.

When the horses are strong enough the AHA will transfer them to a permanent facility.

The AHA team had been deployed to assist in a cruelty case in Fayette County before this case. More than 100 dogs were rescued in deplorable condition from the back of a U-Haul trailer two years ago.

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