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4 horses found dead, more than a dozen removed from Virginia property

4 horses found dead on Virginia property
Posted at 11:18 AM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 11:26:38-05

ORANGE COUNTY, Va. – An animal cruelty investigation is underway after four horses were found dead and more than a dozen horses were removed from a Virginia property.

Investigators say their investigation began when deputies responded to an Orange County home for a welfare check on several horses that were reported to be in poor condition.

On January 15, 2020, deputies responded to the property located in the 13000 block of St. Just Road.

When deputies arrived at the property, they discovered four dead horses. Officials say Animal Control immediately seized four additional horses that were in “terrible condition.”

As the investigation continued, 10 additional horses were voluntarily removed from the property. Those horses have been placed in the care of the Hope’s Legacy Equine Rescue.

Deputies say the animal cruelty investigation remains ongoing and they anticipate that animal cruelty charges are pending. Officials have not identified the owner of the horses.

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