Security Tightens During Marshall Co. Animal Abuse Case after Trespassing Occurs

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Three days after the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant on the Leslie Midcap farm and took three children away, most of the animals have now been removed.

The 22 horses are now in a safe haven, but Sunday night, there was some sabotage at the barn where they are being kept. Sheriff Kevin Cecil said people went there and opened several gates.

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The 20 horses from the Leslie Midcap farm reportedly were rescued just in time.

“Some were let out and had to be corralled back up and put in their stalls,” Cecil said. 

Security has now been ramped up. Trespassers are forbidden.

The horses are wild, so Cecil said anyone letting them loose is causing potential danger for their own life.

Several veterinarians and volunteers are caring for the horses, with a very gradual nutrition program.

“It has to be a very slow process to get them back on full feed,” Veterinarian Dr. Jim Radcliffe said. “Right now they’re just on hay and water until we get them wormed, get them vaccinated. Then we’ll gradually introduce small amounts of grain, some low carbohydrate things to get their bellies a chance to re-acclimate to getting all the food they really need.”

The 20 horses are now 22 as two foals have been born since they were seized Friday. Also, many others are pregnant and ready to deliver.

“We worry about whether they’ll have enough milk to feed their babies or not,” Radcliffe said.

Cecil said anyone overwhelmed by livestock or pets has options. They can ask for help rather than just failing to feed and water their animals.

“When the issue becomes compounded by lack of care and lack of food and innoculations and when a herd for instances gets this large, you know it’s very expensive. But there are things in place. And there are people that will help,” Cecil said. 

Officials said they do need help of all kinds.

“The expenses are extraordinary, when you’re talking about 20 head of horses,” Radcliffe said. “There’s a lot involved in just the logistics of the hay and water and clean-up. If you want to help out, if you want to make a donation, if you’re thinking about fostering, if you’re thinking about adopting, contact the Sheriff’s Office or Marshall County Animal Control.”

The number to call is (304) 843-1500.

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