The Miami County Sheriff's Office issued a search warrant early Sunday morning ordering the removal of 150 animals including two dozen horses at Serenity Horse Rescue located at 5275 State Route 201 in Bethel Township. The animals have all been taken to an undisclosed location where they are being evaluated for health issues.
According to whiotv. com, the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the health department were at the property on Feb. 12 after receiving complaints from neighbors about people living in a condemned building, starving horses, and dead animals on the property not being properly buried.
The tack room structure on the property is condemned. No one admitted to living there although they stated they were often in the building.
Serenity Horse Rescue is owned by Shula Woodworth.
A Facebook page was created called Hopeless Horses with people using social media and advocating for justice for horses and other animals they claimed have been victims of neglect. The investigation has been going on for the last six-months. Graphic photos of starving horses, dead horses, debris and inhumane conditions are posted. Please be warned some of the photos are very disturbing.
Today the Facebook page stated:
"This story began 7 years ago and we have been warning officials and anyone who would listen that this story was going to end with pictures of dead and starving horses. So sad that so many horses suffered for so long before she was stopped."
The animals will be used as evidence in the investigation. No one has been charged with animal cruelty.
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