A family in Greenville, South Carolina, was heartbroken to find their neighbor’s horse near death. In fact, the children who found the skin and bones horse on the ground told their mother that the horse was dead, reports WYFF News.
Tragically, the horse was still alive…but ultimately would not survive the horrible state of starvation. Kimberly Micke, the children’s mother, told the news agency, “My kids come running in saying ‘mommy the horse is dead!’ I said what are you talking about? We assumed the horse was dead but it raised its head to look back up at us and then looked back down.”
Micke is upset that it took the Greenville County Animal Control 10 hours to respond to the situation…the horse was too far gone to have been saved, but she could have been put out of her misery.
The horse’s owner, John Rayley of Marietta, is facing a charge of animal cruelty – he plans to plead guilty. Rayley told the news agency that he knew his horse was dying, but felt that she deserved to live out the remainder of her life, “as comfortable as he could afford to make.”
(Screenshot of horse via WYFF)
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