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Questions Raised Over Lincoln Horse's Death

Anna Ford has taught her horses tricks and she considers them big pets, like great big dogs. And ironically last week when "Penn" and her Clydesdale "Clyde" wandered away from her home, a neighbor reportedly called the dog catcher, Ellis Whitis, to get them.

Ford says her neighbors told her that her horses were mistreated.

"Well there's been at least 3 people that saw him (her horse) on Preachersville Road, tied to a horse trailer and being down Preachersville Road, walking tied to a trailer," says Ford.

Ford found Penn with scratches, but Clyde didn't make it. Just how the horse died is up for debate. Different neighbors in different locations have a similar story.

"All I know is that he was tied to the trailer. Whether he pulled back and got hung or was dragged I don't know," says Ford.

But Lincoln County Judge-Executive R.W. "Buckwheat" Gilbert says all the talk of "dragging a horse" is hearsay nonsense. He says Ellis Whitis is a good dog warden who simply helped a neighbor remove some stray horses from his land.

Gilbert admits Whitis isn't supposed to pick up horses, but he says someone had to pick up the animals that other neighbors had complained about. But both current and former human society presidents say they have received numerous complaints about the dog warden's behavior.

"As the humane society we are trying to get assistance outside to have someone come in and look at this and provide legal assistance for her," said Lincoln County Humane Society President Cathy Mitchum.

"I would like an investigation on Mr. Whitis and on his behavior. Not just on this case but on other animals as well," said Ford.

Ford says she was also never able to see her horse's body, that by the time she found out Clyde had died, he had already been buried in the local landfill.


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