Malnourished Horses Removed From Home

Malnourished Horses Removed From Home

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Josie Shepherd loves horses. So much so, she is now making it her career to train them. She is the previous owner of three horses given to her father's fiance, Tonya Ashley.

"It makes me sick. It makes my stomach hurt. I want to cry, because Blue, the big stud horse, he was beautiful when I had him. Absolutely beautiful," said Shepperd.

Cell phone video shows her riding a much healthier Blue, which is far from his current condition.

"Looking at him now, you can count every last bone," said Shepperd.

She says after she and her boyfriend lost their jobs, she couldn't afford to keep them. Knowing Ashley wanted the horses for her grandchildren, she so thought their new home would be a good fit.

"My horses went to them in not perfect health, but pretty good. They are almost dead now, and that's what kills me," She tells me.

Shepperd says she gave them away in January, but Ashley says she's only had them for two weeks and needed more time.

"It takes time, to get them back in a healthy condition," said Ashley.

But, according to Mobile County Animal Control, her time was up. An investigation was opened. A veterinarian came out to assess the situation and found the horses did not have adequate food and land for grazing. On Tuesday, Ashley willing turned the horses over to authorities. It's a move she feels is unfair.

"No I don't, because we tried to help my step daughter and this is the thanks we get for it. I had to go inside because I couldn't watch them leave," said Ashley.

Since the investigation is still ongoing, authorities have not said whether Ashley will face any charges.

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