The ASPCA Field Investigations and Response (FIR) team is helping remove and care for more than 100 horses, many starved and injured, from a farm in Fulton County, Arkansas.
When the FIR team members arrived at the farm, they found several dead animals and many equines showing signs of neglect that included untreated infections and old fractures. A search warrant was carried out on the farm, which is operated by a man who buys horses at auction and re-sells them to the public, on Thursday, December 9, after a seven-month investigation by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.
“It’s sad to see so many horses suffering from blatant neglect without food, water and adequate medical care,” reports Kyle Held, Midwest Director of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “We are doing everything we can to quickly address the critical cases, and we are happy to be moving the horses to the temporary shelter.”
The FIR team members, who are working with the Humane Society of the United States and the American Humane Association, spent the past few days collecting evidence and medically evaluating the horses. The animals are currently being cared for on the property, and responders are working to transport the animals to a temporary shelter, where they will continue to receive veterinary treatment under the custody of the Sheriff’s Office.
Stay tuned to aspca.org for more information on this developing story.