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Milford Beacon
  • Horses found in 'horrific' living conditions up for adoption

  • Three horses seized last year from farms in Millsboro and Lincoln are now available for adoption.
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  • Three horses seized last year from farms in Millsboro and Lincoln are now available for adoption.
    According to Frank Galbraith of the Human Law Enforcement Division of the Delaware SPCA, the horses were seized as a result of two separate cruelty investigations on farms owned by Karen Beckett of Millsboro and Michael Bailey of Lincoln. Galbraith said when the animals were seized their ribs, hip bones, spine and all major bones were clearly visible. He said the horses’ hooves required immediate farrier care and the animals were clearly in pain and suffering. Some, Galbraith added, were living in horrific living conditions, surrounded by a large amount of feces with no food or water.
    The Millsboro seizure occurred on Sept. 10, 2013 and the Lincoln seizure occurred on Oct. 10, 2013.
    The horses are currently being cared for at a farm in Frankford and all are doing well, Galbraith said. The Delaware SPCA are seeking homes for all three – Dream, a 2-year-old paint pony; Czar, a 19-year-old bay Quarter horse; and Dallas, a 2-year-old blue roan pony. For more information on the possible adoption of these horses, send an email to ashlee@delspca.org.
    Beckett and Bailey have been charged with several counts of animal cruelty for abandonment, unsanitary living conditions, failing to provide veterinary care and hoof care and failing to provide daily food and water of sufficient quality and quantity. Animal cruelty is a Class A misdemeanor and carries a fine up to $2,300 in addition to one year of incarceration.

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