NEW HARMONY, Utah (ABC4 UTAH) Three people were arrested for suspicion of starving three horses to death and severely injuring one other Sunday.
In one of the most severe animal abuse cases the agency has seen in years, Washington County Sheriff’s investigators say they found one dead horse and another severely emaciated in New Harmony.
“They found out there were two other recent graves where horses had been buried on the property, as well,” Lt. David Crouse said.
On February 12, deputies were called out to the property near 900 south and Old Highway 91 to a report of a dead horse. In a separate civil dispute call Sunday, deputies said they saw the dead horse was still not buried and law enforcement began to dig further.
Deputies arrested Kelton Prisbrey, as well as renters Christina Silvers and John Trinity for three counts of aggravated animal cruelty and other charges.
“The horses had not been fed due to their financial inability to purchase food and suspect that the three horses had died from starvation,” Lt. Crouse said.
A two-year-old emaciated male was rescued and taken to Dust Devil Ranch Sanctuary for Horses. Founder Ginger Grimes says the animal appears to be a quarter horse, but he is so skinny, it’s hard to tell.
While an injury makes it hard for the horse to walk well, Grimes says he’s receiving appropriate medical attention under the direction of a veterinarian.
Law enforcement says it’s important to seek help if you can no longer care for an animal.
“There are a lot of people who love these animals and are willing to step up,” Lt. Crouse said.
Donations are being accepted for the lone surviving horse. Click here to help.