Dozens Of Horses Starved

Wednesday, March 26th 2008, 8:10 pm
By: News On 6

On a Norman ranch, police found more than two dozen neglected horses. Some of the horses were reportedly starving.  After a visit from a vet, animal control removed the horses from the property to a new location where they could receive food and medical care. Officials moved the horses Monday.

Police found two dead horses on the property as well.

Veterinarian Dr. Sharon Marshall said the animals are in need of immediate attention.

"We haven't been able to assess them fully at this point; there is some nutrition concerns," Marshall said.

The owner cooperated with officials to help round up the horses. Police said there was hay in one of the barns.

It is likely that as many as three of the animals are in such bad shape they will have to be euthanized, authorities said.

A neighbor simply known as grandpa said the owner took care of his horses.

"He bought hay off of me in the last month," Grandpa said. "I have bought horses off of him. I've helped him break horses. He had horses here all his life and I have never seen him neglect one."

Officials said that as of now, the future of the animals is pending. According to Norman Police Capt. Leonard Judy, a district court bond hearing must first take place in order for the horses to be adopted by the public.