22 horses found malnourished, mistreated at Henry County property

Several of the horses are bony and have matted hair, as shown in photos released by animal control officials.

Credit: Henry County Animal Control

Credit: Henry County Animal Control

Authorities are asking for donations of food after 22 malnourished and mistreated horses were found on a property in Henry County.

Photos of the animals released by Henry County Animal Control show several of the horses are bony, matted and missing patches of hair. The agency called the situation “very difficult and heartbreaking.”

The care of all 22 animals is being overseen by animal control officials with the help of local and state organizations. 

Credit: Henry County Animal Control

Credit: Henry County Animal Control

The animals were located last week at a property on King Mill Road. According to police, arrest warrants have been issued for three people related to the case. Their names and charges were not released, but police spokesman Capt. Randy Lee said they remain at large Monday.

Media Release HCPD CASE#2020-00016763 On 2/24/2020 the Henry County Police Department was notified by Henry County...

Posted by Henry County Police Department on Friday, February 28, 2020

Animal control officials are overseeing the welfare of the horses with the help of other local and state organizations,  Lee said. They are asking for donations of Nutrena SafeChoice Senior horse feed, Manna Pro Max-E Glow rice bran pellets, alfalfa hay bales, coastal Bermuda hay bales or round rolls.

Lee said those who wish to help the horses should donate to animal control instead of trespassing on private property to feed them directly. Monetary donations can be made to the Georgia Equine Rescue League or Canine Pet Rescue.

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