A horrific case of horse neglect was brought to the attention of the authorities by a tip about a neglected horse. Law enforcement immediately acted on that notification and discovered a severely emaciated horse on the property of Melton Shaw, Jr. of Kingstree, South Carolina. They found a horse in an advanced stage of emaciation. The horse’s hooves had become so appallingly overgrown that he could barely stand and was completely unable to walk. The horse was in such poor condition that law officials were forced to put him down.
It was obvious from the deteriorated state of Shaw’s horse that he had been neglected for a long time. By definition, neglect of a horse is defined “as failure to provide sustenance and care sufficient to maintain a horse's good health.” Caring for a horse includes providing food and water, shelter, as well as veterinarian and farrier care. The definition of abuse of a horse can be defined as taking actions that are designed “to hurt or cause physical damage to the horse.”
Shaw was subsequently cited and arrested.
In Williamsburg County Magistrate's Court, Shaw pleaded guilty in to the charges. He was only fined $1,030 plus restitution of $340 [contribution to the Florence County Humane Society for expenses]. Shaw was required to pay the fines or risk 60 days in jail.
Residents or concerned individuals in the Williamsburg County area can report animal abuse to the Williamsburg County Animal Shelter at 843-355-9312. They can contact South Carolina Humane Society Cruelty Investigator Eddie O'Cain at 803-783-1267 x11, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Callers can also report animal neglect and/or abuse anonymously by calling the Animal Cruelty Hotline at 843-647-9610.
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