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8/20/07-Longview

Starving Horses Saved In Upshur County

        Over 50 horses seized, some of them in terrible shape, and the man police say is responsible is facing animal cruelty charges. Upshur County officials confiscated the animals from two different ranch locations on highway 155 near Begonia road.

    "I don't remember ever this many in one location I don't" said Upshur County Sheriffs Office Detective, Bobby Sanders.

     Emaciated and weak,  the horses are now being taken care of by an area veterinarian.

    "We seized approximately 51 horses in various stages of health, from extremely poor to fair" says Sanders.

      The owner, 60 year old Carlton Nelson was arrested. He's been charged with one misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty. Investigators say Nelson was apparently breeding the animals on his Cutting Corner ranch, and that the ranch had no feed or water for the horses. They have open wounds , their hair is falling out, and their ribs are showing.

     "I would imagine about 25 or 30 percent of them are in foal or pregnant and are grossly underweight." said Sanders.

   "Unfortunately animals, just as human beings, get mistreated" says Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd.

    Nelson was released after posting bail. If convicted on animal cruelty charges, a class b misdemeanor,  he could face jail time and a fine.

Reported By Bob Hallmark; bhallmark@kltv.com

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