ROCKHOLDS, Ky. (WYMT) - A horse in Whitley County had to be euthenized after authorities say it had been neglected.
A call of animal cruelty led deputies Sunday to this home in the Rockholds community. There, they found a horse lying the mud, struggling to survive.
"The horse had been obviously not properly cared for," said Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell.
The sheriff says animal control estimated the horse had been down for at least six to eight hours.
The horse was malnourished, with ribs protruding from its sides.
"The horse was in such a shape that it had to be destroyed," Harrell said.
Sheriff Harrell says this is not the first time animal control has responded to reports of neglected horses at the home.
Neighbors say they're not surprised by what happened.
The sheriff says while animal cruelty cases like this are relatively uncommon in Whitley County, they are troubling for the officers involved.
"To see an animal treated in this mannerism, citing them is not enough," Harrell said, referring to animal abusers.
Calling it a "cruel thing" the way the animal was treated, Harrell says he wishes the horse could have been saved.
Deputies charged 45-year-old Cindy Gabbard with second degree cruelty to animals.