Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Nearly 40 Animals Seized in Animal Cruelty Case

Reporter: Matt Galka 

On Monday the folks at Dancing Cloud Farm Horse Rescue were called upon to assist with a large scale seizure of animals.

"We got a call from the Thomas County Sheriff's Office and an animal control officer asking for our assistance in trying to carry out this rescue originally started out at about 100," said Anne Campbell, Vice President of the rescue organization.

They were able to rescue 37 of the 100 animals seized from Rebecca Bannister. She is charged with animal cruelty and is currently out on $500 bond. The animals include donkeys, llamas and cows, but were primarily horses, some which appeared extremely neglected.

"This is an older horse with a body score of a one. Veterinarians score horses physical conditions on a scale of one to nine. A healthy horse has a score of four or five. There's no fat. There's no muscle...Very pronounced starvation. This horse would not have lasted much longer," said the rescue's founder Anita Meisen..."  More & video

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