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Update on Rescued Horses


2014/08/03


From: Joe Agee

With regard to the case involving the horses in Gates, Lauderdale County, Tennessee, I have assembled a team of prosecutors, investigators, veterinarians, and other experts to review this case and move forward with the investigation and charging decision this week. It was important that we were thorough and diligent in our review of the evidence, so that we appropriately applied the law to the unique facts and circumstances of the case, and to provide for the timely seizure and forfeiture of the horses that would protect them. In that regard, I also requested the assistance and expertise of Dr. Jennifer Dunlap, an Equine Veterinary Specialist of Fayette County, as well as the American Humane Association (AHA) Red Star Animal Emergency Services Team, to provide resources for the custody, care, examination, treatment, and protection of the victimized animals that were seized.

The defendant has been charged under the applicable Tennessee law with 6 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty, for knowingly and unreasonably failing to provide necessary food, water, care, and shelter of horses in his custody. The Lauderdale County General Sessions Judge has recused herself from the case, and Crockett County General Sessions Judge Paul Conley has been appointed as a Special Judge in the matter. Judge Conley set a bond amount of $3,000.00, and ordered as a further bond condition that the

defendant have no contact with the subject animals or any other animals during the pendency of the case. The Court has set the case on the Lauderdale County General Sessions docket for Friday, September 26, 2014.

A copy of the affidavit of complaint and criminal warrant may be obtained from the Lauderdale County General Sessions Court Clerk's Office.  A copy of the booking photo may be obtained from the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department.

For further information, please see the news release from the American Humane Association: http://www.americanhumane.org/about-us/newsroom/news-releases/dramatic-rescue-effort-launched-to-save-six-horses.html
 
More news articles on this case at:
http://www.jacksonsun.com/story/news/2014/07/31/starved-horses-critical-condition-rescue/13446943/
http://www.localmemphis.com/story/d/story/starving-abused-horses-rescued-from-lauderdale-co/18456/K17ZNNvTj0ehP4mcKCFFoQ
http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/26164438/special-rescue-group-arrives-to-help-starving-horses
 
See photos of the starving horses at the Redemption Road Rescue facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Redemption-Road-Rescue/129943183765533

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