CEDAR CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) The remaining horse found emaciated on a New Harmony property is thriving in a Cedar City sanctuary. This, after three horses died from alleged starvation and neglect.
Every two hours, Ginger Grimes brings hay to “Lucky” at Dust Devil Ranch Sanctuary for Horses.
“His mane has been nibbled so they were probably chewing on each other. His tail is missing. He should have a tail,” Grimes said.
John Trinity, Kelton Prisbrey and Christina Silvers face three felony animal cruelty charges,. Deputies say they admitted to starving the animals because they didn’t have the money to care for them.
“His ribs, if you run your fingers across them you can feel those,” Grimes said.
In newly released arrest papers, deputies said the three horses likely died within the last two weeks. Experts estimate the horses weren’t fed properly for up to six months.
Lucky was allegedly found in a makeshift structure made out of plywood, next to a garage. Jennifer Burrage says nails were sticking out of the wood and manure was up to his knees.
“It was disgraceful. That is probably the best word,” Burrage said, who helped with the horse rescue.
Besides malnourishment, Lucky also suffered a severe hoof injury. An abscess ruptured causing the back of his hoof to come loose.
“It will take ten to twelve months for that to properly heal, but the doctor says he’ll be back to normal in about a year,” Grimes said.
Lucky will be quarantined for two weeks, and is currently taking antibiotics and pain medication.
If an owner cannot properly care for an animal, Grimes begs them to get help.
“Pretty much any other option is better than starving to death,” Grimes said.
Arrest documents said Silvers told deputies she made arrangements to get the horse off the property, but not until the end of the month.
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