- Associated Press - Friday, January 1, 2016

GREENHILL, Ala. (AP) - Authorities in Lauderdale County say they’ve seized five neglected and malnourished horses from a rural pasture.

Animal control Officer Dewayne Oliver tells the TimesDaily newspaper (https://bit.ly/22CkwXT ) officers acting on a tip from a concerned citizen went to the pasture in the Happy Hollow community, between St. Florian and Greenhill, on Thursday.

Oliver said another horse was dead from apparent malnourishment and two of the rescued horses may not survive. Oliver said there was no grass or hay for the horses, who were so hungry they were eating bark off trees.

Lauderdale County sheriff’s Lt. Joe Hamilton said the horses were taken to a rescue facility.

Hamilton said investigators will discuss their findings with the district attorney’s office, and it’s possible charges could be filed against the owner of the horses.

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Information from: TimesDaily, https://www.timesdaily.com/

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