A report came in to the Cantonment-based Panhandle Equine Rescue (PER) that a very thin horse had gone down in a heap on a Bowman Avenue property, and was unable to stand up again. When Escambia County Animal Control investigated further, they found two seriously malnourished horses on the McCreary property on Bowman Avenue, just off Nine Mile Road. The two Tennessee Walking Horses were in really poor condition. One animal was unable to get back to her feet without help.
Resulting from the discovery of the emaciated horses, Marcus James McCreary, 41, has been arrested for two animal cruelty and neglect charges and was booked into the Escambia County Jail. McCreary was later released on $7,500 bond.
He willingly signed over the ownership of his Tennessee Walking Horses to the PER.
With the good attention given the horses by the Rescue, both animals have already rallied. are eating and find themselves in the best of care. Sweet Mary and her baby Capona arrived in weak condition with pressure sores and wasted flesh. The extra 20 to 25 pounds on mother and foal are already beginning to make adifference.
President of Panhandle Equine Rescue Diane Lowery expects the horses’ recovery to take about three months at their present rate of improvement.
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