TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – It’s a sight Tippecanoe County resident Cecily Overton never thought she’d see, but one she said she had to see to believe.
“Tears in my eyes,” said Overton. “It’s very hard to see.”
Monday, animal control officers discovered one dead horse and one malnourished horse in the backyard of a Tippecanoe County home at 8218 S. County Road 550 East.
Overton is a horse owner and rescuer herself and said something like this should never happen.
“It doesn’t look like the horses have any shelter, which they do need, and I can’t really tell if they have any water, but they do need several gallons of water a day,” said Overton. “So, it’s very hard to see.”
News 18 took a trip to the home Tuesday, one day after animal control officers paid a visit. Both the dead horse and malnourished horse remained on the property.
We decided to ask the owner about the situation.
He answered the door, but did not want to answer our questions publicly, citing only financial reasons for the decline of his horses’ health.
“It is financially hard, but if you’re taking them on, that’s your financial responsibility,” said Overton.
Dr. Janice Kritchevsky with the Purdue Veterinary School said it appears as if the horses have been underfed for at least a month.
She said feeding a horse properly can be costly.
“Probably at least $300 or $400 a month just to have a horse in good condition if it’s pasture or trail horse, without doing anything very strenuous,” said Kritchevsky.
Yet, financial reasons aren’t a good enough reason for Overton.
“They should not have horses or maybe any other animals for that matter,” said Overton.
It’s also not enough reason to let the owner keep the horse.
Captain Brian Sterner with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office said the owner signed his horse over to Indiana Horse Rescue Center in Frankfort Tuesday afternoon.
Sterner said the owner is allowed to bury the dead horse in his backyard. He said it’s unknown at this time if the owner will face any criminal charges.