By Kevin Fuller
Staff Writer 

Animal Cruelty Investigation Underway - Brevard NC


The horse at the center of the investigation is comforted shortly before it was euthanized on Dec. 31. (Courtesy photos)

The Transylvania County Sheriff's Office has opened an animal cruelty investigation after a horse died from alleged neglect at a farm on Windover Drive.

According to Chief Deputy Eddie Gunter, the horse had to be euthanized on Dec. 31 after county Animal Control officers arrived at the farm, located at 351 Windover Dr., and found the horse unable to stand.

Animal Control Officer Donnie Cantrell found the horse lying on its side in a pasture about 4 p.m.

Witnesses told sheriff's office investigators the horse, which appeared to be dying from neglect, had been down all day.

Witnesses also said the horse, along with several others on the property, were unable to escape water up to their stomach area when recent flooding occurred and that nobody came to help them.

It was also alleged that the horses did not have sufficient food.

Gunter said the incident is under investigation and felony charges of animal cruelty are likely, along with several other charges. No other details are being made available until charges are made.

Several horses were also photographed on the property after it was recently flooded.


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