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Horse Farm Being Investigated For Animal Neglect
MARYSVILLE (Jen French)A horse farm is under investigation after allegations of animal neglect. The owner claims the animals were already sick when she got them.
After a neighbor complained that the animals looked frail, the Union County Humane Society started investigating the Tender Touch Farm.
According to the Tender Touch Farm website, the farm is a non-profit that gives riding lessons as well as therapy for physically challenged people.
This week, six horses were seized from the farm. Two of them were euthanized.
"Very, very thin horses, Steffen Baldwin said, Union County Humane Society Executive Director.
The Tender Touch Farm owner, Lisa Gillman, told ABC 6/FOX 28 that she got the horses from West Virginia a couple of months ago. Gillman said she tried feeding them.
"I only had them for a few months--but they obviously had something wrong with them before I got them, Gillman said. "It takes a long time for a horse to get back to where they need to be."
"We're not there to point a finger or be angry. We're there to serve the horses, Stephanie Phillips said, animal advocate.
The Tender Touch Farm surrendered the animals to the Union County Humane Society.
Animal neglect charges are expected to be filed. The horses are currently being cared for at a Pataskala farm.