- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

HARDY, Va. (AP) - A Hardy man has been indicted on 14 misdemeanor charges after authorities say his horses - including four former racehorses - were found starved and emaciated.

Citing online Franklin County Circuit Court records, news outlets report that 62-year-old Michael Wendell Cabbler was arrested March 10 and charged with seven counts of neglect and seven counts of cruelty to animals.

Animal control officer Cindy Brooks says officials found five emaciated thoroughbred horses eating bark off trees outside Cabbler’s home last month. She says the horses had no access to water or hay. Brooks says officials later found two other horses on the property inside a manure-filled barn.

Authorities say four of the rescued animals were racehorses, including a thoroughbred renamed Captain Hook that won $357,000.

It’s unclear whether Cabbler has an attorney.



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