HED:Two starving horses in Booneville rescued

CATEGORY: Prentiss County

AUTHOR: STAFF

HED:Two starving horses in Booneville rescued

BOONEVILLE – Two starving horses were rescued from a Booneville home last week.

Doll Stanley Branscum, director of In Defense of Animals in Grenada, said the neglect of the horses was reported last Thursday. Branscum said she contacted the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society and the Booneville Police Department. The three groups went to the home and found two horses and one pony.

The horses were checked out by a veterinarian and he determined the two horses were malnourished and in need of medical attention and food, she said.

“One horse was so weak we had to hold it up,” Branscum said.

Branscum said she asked the owner to release the animals into their custody for care and placement in another home. The owner, who was not charged, released the two horses and has one month to find a home for the pony, she said.

The owner faced a $1,000 fine for each horse or the possibility of six months in prison, she said.

The horses were taken by trailer to a volunteer in Lee County, where they are being taken care of, she said.

– Eileen Bailey