Malnourished Horses in Wilmer Prompt Investigation

Malnourished Horses in Wilmer Prompt Investigation

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Wilmer, Ala. -

After a viewer emailed us these photos of emaciated horses, I went to check out the situation.

Off a dirt road in Wilmer, was the home of Tonya Ashley. The grandmother is the owner of the four horses and admits, "They look horrible. They really do. That's why we took them because we wanted to get them back in the shape they should be," she said.

Ashley says three of the horses were given to her by her daughter-in-law who wasn't caring for them properly.

"They were giving them hay. That's it," she told me. 

She says she's had the horses for about 2 weeks, and the brown horse, named Bama, for a month.

"We are feeding them twice a day and they graze during the day and we make sure they have water," said Ashley.

But my camera captured empty food buckets, an almost empty tub of dirty water and the field covered in feces. Ashley says she has a method for keeping the field clean, but hasn't gotten around to it.

"(We) take our tractor with part of a fence and kinda go over it and kinda grate it down, and smooth it out and it kinda starts all over again and it won't look so bad," she tells me.

"You guys haven't done it this week?" I asked.

"We haven't done it this week," she said.

"But you are?" I asked.

"Yes ma'am, we usually do things with them on the weekends," said Ashley.

Mobile County Animal Control, came out to the property, but Ashley wasn't home at the time. The officer tells me an investigation has been opened, but would not speak about the case until the investigation is complete.

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