- Associated Press - Friday, September 15, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The animal abuse-related case against the owner of a horse-drawn carriage company has been dismissed after the key witness failed to appear in court.

The Tennessean reports a Davidson County judge tossed two citations filed against American Melody Carriage owner Melody Robinson upon learning the person who reported seeing a thin horse working this summer wasn’t present Wednesday.

Metro Animal Care and Control cited Robinson July 19 after seeing a viral photo depicting a thin horse, taken by Preshias Harris. Officers issued citations for overworking an underweight animal and failure to provide vet care for another underweight horse with a foot abscess.


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Metro Nashville Department of Law Director Jon Cooper says animal control officers were prepared to testify, but supported the dismissal since Robinson had made significant progress in care.

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Information from: The Tennessean, https://www.tennessean.com

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