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Animals removed from owners in Chickasaw County

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 6/26/2013 11:33 pm
OKOLONA, Miss. (WTVA)-- A north Mississippi based animal rescue group, WAGS, confiscated several horses, dogs, and donkeys from separate locations in Chickasaw County Wednesday.

Members say they are bringing animal cruelty charges against the owners.

Several horses were seized on County Line Road in Okolona because rescuers say they are malnourished.

"A member of the sheriff's department came and got me Sunday and wanted me to look at these animals. And, I saw they were in bad shape. They had some water.  It was pretty dirty. There's no hay. There's no water and no grass. The little colts looked dehydrated," said Elizabeth Gaskin of WAGS. 

Rescuers also confiscated dogs from the property as well.

WAG members also discovered more malnourished horses on another property in Okolona.

"It's just a place where they had them. They didn't feed them. I mean the pictures will show for themselves. The animals just didn't get any food," said Gaskin.

The owner at the second location did not want the animals removed, but admits they are underweight.

"Yes, they are a little bit underweight. But, it's because they've got new born babies on them. And, I'm trying to get them back fat. That's the reason I've got them in stalls seperated. I have running water, as well as hay, and feed," said Torrance Stewart of Okolona.

Meanwhile, the rescuers say they will follow through with animal cruelty charges against the the two owners.

"We had the judge sign our papers where we could get them today. And, we'll just follow what we have to do to keep them away from people like that," said Gaskin.

Members of the organization say their goal is to nurse the animals into better health and have them adopted.

More charges are pending against other people in the cases.

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