Michelle Phillips (from left), Jason Jones, Brittany Phillips
Photo: Henry County Police Department
Photo: Henry County Police Department

Search canceled for trio accused of mistreating 22 horses in Henry County

Less than a week after three people were accused of mistreating 22 horses in Henry County, the search for them was canceled.

Police canceled the lookout for Michelle Phillips, Jason Jones and Brittany Phillips, who were wanted on animal cruelty charges, Henry County police said in a Facebook post on Monday. Police obtained arrest warrants for the trio last week, AJC.com previously reported.

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The horses were found starving at a property on King Mill Road earlier in March. Two of the horses have since died.

Henry County Animal Control released photos of the horses, which showed that several of the animals were bony, matted and missing patches of hair when they were found.

RELATED: 22 horses found malnourished, mistreated at Henry County property

Some of the animals were bony, matted and missing patches of hair when they were found at the King Mill Road property.
Photo: Henry County Animal Control

The agency has been working with state officials and local organizations like the Georgia Equine Rescue League and Canine Pet Rescue to feed the surviving animals and provide them with veterinary care. 

No other information on the three suspects’ custody was provided.

Correction: This story previously said the three suspects had been taken into custody, but the Henry County Sheriff’s Office said they were turned away when they tried to turn themselves in. The lookout was canceled, but one suspect showed potential COVID-19 symptoms, which is why they were told to come back later.

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