Six horses seized in neglect case

county_lee_greenBy Sheena Barnett

Daily Journal

SHANNON – Three horses and three ponies were seized by the Lee County Sheriff’s Department on Monday after their owner was arrested on animal neglect charges.

Clyde Southworth of Shannon was arrested and charged with six counts of confinement of an animal without proper nutrition, said Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson.

Officers received a call that the horses were malnourished about a month ago, and officers have checked on the horses weekly. After discovering the horses in bad shape, the department called on Dark Horse Rescue of Byhalia to help take the horses.

Though the horses had hay on Monday, they’d not been fed for days, Johnson said. The horses’ coats were in bad shape and a few horses had bones showing, said Christy Gross, president of Dark Horse Rescue.

“It was a small property,” Gross said of where the horses were kept. “It wasn’t enough for six horses, or even one horse.”

Dark Horse will quarantine the horses, make sure they’re seen by a veterinarian and will then begin rehabilitating the horses, Gross said.

Once the horses are healthy, they’ll be placed up for adoption, and Dark Horse Rescue will screen each applicant to make sure the horses go to a good home, Gross said.

Johnson said the arrest was made without incident. The charges are misdemeanors and each carries the possibility of a fine and jail time.

For more information on Dark Horse Rescue, which covers multiple counties across North Mississippi, visit

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