The New Mexico Livestock Board released the details of an animal cruelty case on November 2. They received an anonymous tip some days back that led them to a harrowing case of animal cruelty. They found literally dozens of unfortunate animals on a property located in San Miguel County, New Mexico. All were starving and filthy and there were also dead animals. The case became intense and distressing for the investigators.
Altogether investigators discovered six dogs, three cats, upwards of 15 chickens and five neglected extremely thin horses. Without exception, the animals had obviously been neglected and starved and all were subjected to unspeakable filthy conditions. The animals were in bad to desparate shape.
James Butterfield, New Mexico Livestock Board Inspector, put their first venture onto this property into a sad perspective. He said,
The worse thing goes through our minds you know, what are we going to find - dead animals, malnourished animals, animals that in this case don't have feed and water.
The emaciated horses were standing at the fence, pawing desperately in an effort to get to a water source on the other side of the fence – which they could not reach – that was half-filled with filthy water. Then they’d go off for a short while and nuzzle around in the dirt of the pen to try to find something, anything to eat. The horses were in terribly thin shape, with their bones sticking through their fur.
Butterfield shook his head and said,
It’s hard to deal with these kind of cases, to see these horses being treated like this.
The property is owned by Lonnie and Karla Kingery who were not present and , not surprisingly, could not be located. The authorities said the husband and wife are facing cruelty charges.
Inside the house officials found more atrocious conditions such as filth and feces all over the floors, mounds of dirty dishes, and nothing to eat for the animals.
The smaller animals were crated and taken to one of the Las Vegas Animal Shelter for care and comfort. The horses will be seen by a veterinarian at a holding facility. It is expected that all will survive their ordeal with proper care and medical attention.
Inspectors found a shallow grave that contained a thin dead horse. Their best guess was that the horse has been dead about two weeks. There were also 14 dead chickens in a pen. It is expected that the dead animals died of starvation and dehydration.
The Livestock Board and the district attorney’s office are working together to file cruelty charges against the Kingerys. Apparently, this cruelty incident is not the first one of its kind for the Kingerys since the Livestock Board has been to this property in the past.
There's been an increase in cases like this. I hope people will call for help before they get to this point. Don't just let them starve like these horses and chickens and dogs and cats at this location.
Assisting the Livestock Board were the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office, Las Vegas Police, and members of the Animal Welfare Coalition in Northeast New Mexico.
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