Monroe County man cited for condition of horses

hgoodridge@macon.comJuly 22, 2013 

FORSYTH -- Georgia Department of Agriculture equine health officials are investigating the care of several horses in Monroe County.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was called to a man’s home last week in the 700 block of Bagley Road to look into complaints of 10 horses not being fed properly.

On July 16, a deputy found the horses had hay and water, but another visit was scheduled since no one was home, said Allison Selman-Willis, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.

Selman-Willis said another deputy later went to the house, and the homeowner again wasn’t there. That deputy believed some of the horses he saw were malnourished, Selman-Willis said.

The sheriff’s office called the Department of Agriculture to investigate.

Mary Kathryn Yearta, director of communications with the Department of Agriculture, said equine health officials have made a couple of visits to the property during the past week, and citations were issued to Carey Davis, owner of the horses.

Yearta said she could not specify what kinds of citations were written and she could not comment on the condition of the animals because the investigation is ongoing.

Reached Monday evening, Davis declined to comment.

Yearta said none of the animals has been removed from the property and that equine health inspectors told Davis he needed to have a veterinarian check the horses’ health.

Inspectors are going back to the property in a couple of days, Yearta said.

“We try to work with them and give them a chance to comply,” she said.

To contact writer Harold Goodridge, call 744-4382.

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