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Two horses found malnourished, neglected; third found dead

Source: LaFourche Parish chapter of the Humane Society of Louisiana Source: LaFourche Parish chapter of the Humane Society of Louisiana
Source: LaFourche Parish chapter of the Humane Society of Louisiana Source: LaFourche Parish chapter of the Humane Society of Louisiana
Source: LaFourche Parish chapter of the Humane Society of Louisiana Source: LaFourche Parish chapter of the Humane Society of Louisiana
THIBODAUX, LA (WVUE) - The carcass of a horse was found neglected in a Thibodaux pasture and two other horses were found in “extremely poor shape due to malnutrition and neglect,” officials with LaFourche Parish chapter of the Humane Society of Louisiana say.

Acting on a tip last Sunday (April 19), LaFourche Parish Sheriff's deputies visited a pasture located at 698 Hwy 307. A horse was found dead and two others were found malnourished and neglected, according officials with the humane society.

The owner of the horses, Ryan Paul Martin, was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony, and two misdemeanor charges. 

The sheriff's department asked members of the Lafourche Chapter of the Humane Society of Louisiana to take custody of and provide care for the two remaining horses.

Both horses were examined by a veterinarian. The ribs and hip bones of the confiscated horses are clearly visible, often a sign of malnutrition, the humane society said.

"Unfortunately, these horses have gone so long without proper care and feed; it is often very difficult to bring a horse back. There is only a 50-50 percent chance these two horses will make it, because of the chronic malnutrition they suffered,” said Pamela George, President of the LaFourche Chapter and present custodian of the horses. “They have virtually no body fat and it takes time to regain their weight and strength and sometimes they succumb to complications associated with the failure of their internal organs due to their weakened condition.”

The group expects the horses' recovery to take several months and they are seeking donations from the public to help pay for their expected medical and feed costs. To make a contribution, contact the Humane Society of Louisiana, LaFourche Chapter.

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