Starving horse abandoned at illegal dump site

Published: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 2:36 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 2:36 p.m.

The Levy County Sheriff's Office is looking for whoever abandoned a horse that was so severely malnourished it could not even stand up. The animal had to be euthanized after is was found on Monday.

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The Levy County Sheriff's Office is looking for whoever abandoned this mare in a remote area of the county this week.

Levy County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Ella Anderson was dispatched to Northeast 154th Place and Martin Road shortly after a nearby resident noticed the horse there at about 9:15 a. m. The area is near the intersections of the Alachua, Gilchrist and Levy county lines.

Witnesses told Anderson that the horse had been abandoned in a remote area off a graded road that was often used for illegal dumping of household trash and animal carcasses like wild hogs and deer. Anderson saw that the brown mare was unable to stand up, and the deputy summoned additional help.

A veterinarian and Morgan Silver, president of Horse Protection Association of Florida, were called to the scene for their expert advice. After the pair examined the horse, the decision was made that the animal needed to be euthanized at the scene.

Levy County Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. Evan Sullivan said his agency needs help to identify the mare's owner and whoever left the horse presumably to die. Anyone with information about the animal is encouraged to call the sheriff's office at 352-486-5111. Anyone who would like to provide information anonymously can call Crime Stoppers at 877-349-8477 and they may be eligible for an award of up to $1,000.

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