ROSS COUNTY — Fayette Regional Humane Society (FRHS) humane agents found a horse in a state-of-neglect while following up on an investigation in Ross County late Thursday afternoon.
The 12-year-old horse, named Charlie, was found tied to a tree in the rain without adequate shelter, emaciated and shivering, according to the humane agents. Bark from nearby trees were all chewed away and there was no water in his confinement area to drink.
Humane agents Brad Adams and Nick Marando took possession of the horse from the Massieville property, after the owner surrendered him into their custody. The horse was then transported to a barn in Fayette County.
“It was awful to see such a gentle sweet giant, standing on the hillside in that condition,” said Adams, chief humane agent.
Charlie was examined by an equine veterinarian, where he weighed only 628 pounds. According to the veterinarian, he is about 200 to 250 pounds underweight for his size. Multiple ulcers were found in Charlie’s mouth and his blood test results were normal. The veterinarian determined the emaciation was caused from the lack of nutrition.
“Once Charlie is in better condition, he will be ready to find a new loving home where he will forever receive love and care,” said Marando.
Rebecca Snow, 43, Chillicothe, was charged with three second-degree misdemeanor charges of “cruelty to animals.” She will be arraigned in the Chillicothe Municipal Court on Thursday, Nov. 14.
Charlie’s care is expected to be costly while in FRHS recovery. If anyone would like to make a kind contribution toward his needs, please visit www.fayetteregionalhumane.org, humane agents said.