Animal rescuers find malnourished and missing horses in Fayette County - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Justin Hanson

Animal rescuers find malnourished and missing horses in Fayette County

Animal rescuers made a startling discovery at a Fayette County farm earlier this week.  They found 17 malnourished horses with their hair falling out.  Now, 11 of them are missing.
Bill Crook, Fayette County's animal control officer said, "We finally got a chance to do something for them and now somebody done stole most of them."
The horses' owner, George Blackburn, was in court Tuesday.  He was charged with 17 counts of animal cruelty, one for each horse.  After the appearance, animal rescuers went back to Blackburn's farm and found 11 of the horses missing.
Gina Thweatt with the Fayette County animal rescue said, "We're not claiming that he stole them or hid them. We don't know, we just want the horses returned.  They are our property right now."
Rescuers found further evidence of neglect Wednesday.
"We did notice a lot of carcasses of horses that were down in a ditch on Blackburn's farm and we found some horses and complete skulls of some horses as well," said Thweatt.
Despite Blackburn's claim the horses were well taken care of, others like Bill Crook said, "From the vet's records, no they weren't take care of."
Rescuers said the horses should be easily identifiable. 
Thweatt continued, "Very large areas of their body have no hair and of course they are very skinny.  You'll see bones, hip bones and rib bones protruding."
Blackburn was ordered to stay in court until the horses are found.
If you have any information on where the horses are, call the Fayette County Sheriff's Department at 901-465-3456.

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