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Animal Control Officer Being Investigated for Sick Horses

The Stone County Sheriff's Office is investigating a case of animal neglect.
STONE COUNTY, AR -- Neighbors worried about unhealthy horses push for an investigation into the owner who is an animal control officer.

The Stone County Sheriff's Office is now looking into what led to the poor condition of the animals.

The animal control officer says he did nothing wrong, but the president of the Stone County Humane Society says she started receiving complaints about the two horses last summer and just a couple of weeks ago, one of the horses died.

Neighbors say a horse -- owned by an animal control officer -- slowly starved to death.

They say the ground, surrounding the two horses he owned, typically had no grass or hay.

Neighbors say just days before the one horse died, it was on the ground struggling to breathe.

The Stone County Sheriff's Office is waiting on test results from a vet to find out the exact cause of death.

Tina Holmlund with the Stone County Humane Society says an animal control officer should be held to a higher standard and she's disappointed this happened.

The reporter asked, "What do you think when you see the pictures?"

Holmlund said, "I'll be honest it just made me so sad. It was even really hard to look at them. That's something I wish I would never have to see again."

According to people living nearby, the other horse has been getting fed more often and its condition is improving, but they say that doesn't change what already happened.

Holmlund said, "I would really like to make sure something is resolved."

Today, we did see the animal control officer -- accused of neglect -- feeding his horse in Stone County.

He said the horse that died suffered from an illness called colic.

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