A Lauderdale County judge ruled Monday on the future of horses that were rescued from malnutrition within the past few weeks.
During that time, seven horses were removed from land in the Russell community. Officials say they had been starved and forced to live in unsanitary conditions.
The owner, Tina Hall, asked the court to return the horses. But County Judge Frank Coleman decided against that, ruling that the horses were maltreated and neglected by her.
"Tina Hall had to permanently forfeit all seven horses that were recently seized from her. After a hearing that we had last Monday the judge also found that she is refrained or enjoined from owning any further horses or cattle in the future," said Lauderdale County attorney Justin Cobb.
Coleman also ordered that Hall pay $2,500 to Coyote Hills Stables, the rescue organization currently caring for the horses.
Cobb said the owner of the horses is still likely to face criminal charges for animal cruelty.