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Report of malnourished horse triggers DOA investigation

The Department of Agriculture is investigating a possible case of animal cruelty or neglect.

This after a member of the public posts pictures showing what appears to be a malnourished horse in a central George Town neighborhood.

“It definitely doesn’t look like a healthy horse at all,” said Merina Currie.

After seeing a photo of a malnourished horse on social media, Ms. Currie, an animal lover, decided she had to check it out for herself.

“This horse is incredibly skinny, its ribs are all sticking out, its hip bones and shoulder bones are all sticking out, it looks like this horse is definitely not getting enough to eat,” she said.

When Cayman 27 cameras arrived Monday (4 June), the Department of Agriculture was already on scene investigating what it called a possible animal welfare situation.

“It’s definitely encouraging, and it definitely shows the importance of reporting his issues to the DOA and staying on top of it. I know it in this case it seems to me that there is more than one person that actually wrote emails, so it is great to see that they are actually responding to that,” said Ms. Currie.

As the DOA inspected the emaciated horse, another horse roamed the property. Ms. Currie said unfortunately reports of possible animal cruelty and neglect like this are not uncommon.

“Just last week I was notified of another horse that was tied up behind Caymanian Village, another horse that was extremely skinny, had no food or water, it was reported but then the horse was moved before the DOA could even find the horse.

She’s hopeful for a positive outcome.

“This horse definitely needs better for food, access to water and shelter, just the basic necessities of life, and then eventually if this horse were re-homed in a home that could take care of it properly, then that would be the best outcome,” said Ms. Currie.

Cayman 27 reached out to DOA officials, who confirmed the investigation into this case is in early stages, but did not provide further detail.

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Joe Avary

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