TULSA, Okla. — The fate of a horse in Mannford, Okla. is in the hands of law enforcement after neighbors reported maltreatment of the animal.
Neighbors said the horse has been suffering for nearly six months.
On the brink of starvation, legs covered in open wounds and no shelter — those are the conditions of a horse next-door to Robin Hampton. Hampton first noticed the malnourished horse back in August.
“It makes me so sad someone could do something like that to a horse,” Hampton said.
She reported the animal to the Creek County Sheriff’s Office but received no response. It wasn't until she sent a video of the horse unable to get up on Saturday that they responded.
“We were concerned, he wasn’t going to make it,” Hampton said.
2 Works for You flagged down the owner from across the pasture while visiting the ranch.
“The horse is fed three times a day. He’s been sick for about three or four years,” the owner of the horse said.
The owner said he loves animals and believes the situation is blown out of proportion.
“If he dies, he dies. The vet has seen him already. I feed him everyday. As long as he eats, he will be okay,” the owner said.
Still, Hampton who lives next door is uneasy. She said the DA's office told her the horse will probably have to be put down.
“It’s disappointing to choose that way to go instead of trying to get some help for it," she said.
Several animal rehabilitation agencies can’t get involved unless approved by the sheriff's office.
2 Works for You reached out to the Creek County Sheriff’s Office and the DA’s office, but have not heard back.
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