Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Horse Abuse


Date: September 1, 2009

Time: 10:45 AM

Bronson, Florida-On August 31, 2009 Deputy Ella Anderson responded to NE 154 Place and Martin Road in reference to an abandoned malnourished horse. Witnesses stated the area where the horse was dumped is a known area for illegal dumping of trash and animal carcasses (Wild hog and deer). The witnesses advised they drove by this area on August 30, 2009 at 8:30 PM and the horse was not at the location. On August 31, 2009 at 9:15 AM the witness discovered a brown mare lying on the ground that was malnourished and unable to stand on her feet.

Deputy Anderson summoned Morgan Silver, the Executive Director of Horse Protection Association of Florida, for expert advice and assistance. Ms. Silver and a veterinarian responded to the scene and immediately examined the horse. The horse was determined to be so malnourished the mare had to be euthanized at the scene.

The Levy County Sheriff's Office is asking for the publics' help in identifying the owner of the horse. Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for the arrest of the suspect(s). Citizens either contact the Sheriff's Office at 352-486-5111 or they can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.