Horses Seized in Alleged Abuse Case

A case of alleged animal abuse in Lauderdale County has led to the seizure of horses.

The last horse belonging to the owner was seized from a home in the Russell community Wednesday morning. Two weeks ago, six other horses were taken by the county.

Officials and concerned citizens call this a case of extreme abuse.

"They were skeletons. A lot of them had rain rot for not getting shelter from the rain," said Tammy Woods, a concerned citizen describing how the horses looked when she first saw them in September. "It was just a sad situation because a lot of time they went just days without eating and a horse needs to eat constantly."

Because of a lack of food, she says many of the horses' ribs were visible to the naked eye. Woods says the horses were often not taken out of the pens for weeks at a time. They had to walk and eat in small areas filled with feces.

After many failed attempts to get help, Woods says she finally received assistance from the East Mississippi Animal Rescue.

That's when the county ordered the horses to be removed from the owner. However days before they arrived, two of the nine horses died.

"When I saw the pictures, it was obvious to me that they had not been fed and were being neglected," said Lauderdale County Attorney Justin Cobb.
"She wanted them back, and based on the hearing that we had, we were requesting the court not only not to let her have the horses back but that she not have any additional horses in the future."

County Judge Frank Coleman is expected to issue a ruling next week on whether the owner may reclaim the horses.

Cobb says he has now filed criminal charges for animal neglect against the owner. If found guilty, he says she could face up to six months in jail for each of the nine charges.

The seven horses that survived have been transferred to an animal rescue facility in Chunky.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Chunky,Ms on Mar 22, 2010 at 02:47 PM
    no Stupid she didnt work at chunky People get your facts straight for you open your mouth dang i swear..the chunky store has only been open maybe a year or less..if you not from chunky keep your noise out of it
  • by Anonymous Location: Jasper on Mar 22, 2010 at 05:02 AM
    oh, the girl' worked at the chunky store, WOW and she owned 10 horses!!!! No wonder the horses had nothing to eat. Thank you, all for saving the horses that you could get to. Maybe one day this girl will be put away with no food
  • by Tammy on Mar 20, 2010 at 11:34 PM
    we have talked people hickory and nothing nice was said ok maybe not a new truck but diffrent truck we check into our leads
  • by Hickory Location: Hickory Ms on Mar 19, 2010 at 02:42 PM
    Anonymous. So truly you dont kno what u are talking about . She worked two jobs to feed them . And anyone in Hickory or Chunky kno who she is and she was a business owner of a convenit store in chunky ms . And has never been in any trouble befor with her horses . So maybe you people need to start going to the horse sales and looking at all the horses that are bad off there and start doing something about it if you want to be cursaders . And as people wanting to help her thats a lie a big lie she asked the owner of the palomenio mare to help buy hay and grain for her horse even if it was two bails a week and a bag of grain and she never help them out. The owner of the palomenio mare stoped feeding her ow watering here she was to busy to help out any more . There was always ten bails of hay there every four days and they were feed a hundered pounds of grain a day not cheap grain either Omilein 300 . So every one get your facts rite. And sorry no new truck.
  • by Hickory Location: Hickory Ms on Mar 19, 2010 at 02:24 PM
    Anonymous you really need to get your facts straight and you have no clue what you are talking about were you there when they were being watered or feed no you sure wont and get your facts straight on the size of the pen's 12x12 and they were not standing in the sun they were under pine trees in the shade . And for your information the had clean water twice a day and hayed twice a day and grained twice a day. Were you there the owner has owned some of theses horses for overe six years and has sold horses at the horse sales in meridian may time very healthy horses and has bout horses that were under weight and would take them home and feed them all the people who work at the Lauderdale count Co Op kno how much ( feed) grain, oats, alfalfa hay and grass hay along with worming medicine and all the other nasesatys need for them . The owner of planters knows how many bails she bought every month or weekly and newton coop know how much grain was bought from them. And she didnt buy a truck.
  • by Amanda on Mar 19, 2010 at 11:27 AM
    anonymous number 1: How do u know so much about this lady? Are you stalking her?? I thought they were in 12x12 not 10x10 get your facts straight!!!!! Someone needs to go back to school. _____ If your from Jackson how do you know what that women drives, what she did and didnt do and how many horse died. Can i say STALKER STALKER STALKER STALKER!!!! Were is this women at know so i can tell her she has creepy people stalking her and put their nosies up the wrong horses butt..
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2010 at 04:41 PM
    what u talking bout my mama is in a hospital because of breast cancer and there is a difference between mama and mamaw get ur facts straight god, and i dont care how my spelling is, its not like im at work. Immature is all i have to say, Yall need to go to Church sometime
  • by Anonymous Location: Jackson on Mar 17, 2010 at 01:50 PM
    yes, I can see her spelling is alittle bad. Jennifer. I have been a volunteer at ALL the funraiser for all 20 rescues. I think, I remember you mama. She was the lady causing all the problems, who could forget her.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 17, 2010 at 11:57 AM
    Oh Jennifer I just read your comment: Please take the time and learn how to spell.
  • by Anonymous Location: Jackson on Mar 17, 2010 at 10:14 AM
    How many horses did you want to die Jennifer before the law saved them? three had already died. Sounds like you wanted more to die, the women wasn't taking care of them. Many people were trying to help her and she didn't want help. Summer time and no water or feed standing in 5 inches of mud and waste and sun. In a 10x10 box standing in the sun for several months with a tarp on top of them, Maybe you need to get all the facts. Many horses are being rescued in this same inviroment every week. It's amazing the poor women had the money to buy a new truck, but wouldn't take care of her horses.
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