UPDATE More than 40 horses reported neglected in Grovetown
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UPDATE More than 40 horses reported neglected in Grovetown

August 18, 2019


DEE: FOR THE SECOND DAY IN A ROW.. RESCUE GROUPS WENT OUT TO A GROVETOWN ADDRESS ARE REPORTS OF NEGLECTED ANIMALS. NEWSCHANNEL SIX’S ASHLEY OSBRONE WAS ON THE SCENE AS LAW ENFORCEMENT SHOWED UP TO INVESTIGATE. DEE: NOW SHE’S LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM. ASHLEY.. THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE TELLS YOU THE PROPERTY OWNER… IS FACING CHARGES… AND ON THE RUN. OSBORNE: YES, BUT NOT FOR CHARGES RELATED TO THESE ANIMALS. THE PROPERTY OWNER JOSE REVERON- GEORGE FACES FELONY CHARGES FOR TERRORISTIC THREATS. THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE TELLS ME HE HAD A COURT DATE FOR FIVE COUNTS OF FAILURE TO RESTRAIN HORSES. HE IS NOW ACCUSED OF CALLING IN A BOMB THREAT FOR THE DAY OF HIS COURT HEARING. MULTIPLE PEOPLE ARE NOW VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE ANIMALS ON HIS PROPERTY. TINA PONDY/ CONCERNED ABOUT ANIMALS: AND MY CONCERN IS WHEN HE FINALLY IS ARRESTED… WHO IS GOING TO COME AND CARE FOR THE ANIMALS THEN? ASHLEY OSBORNE/ REPORTER: TINA PONDY WAS HERE THURSDAY WHEN THE COLUMBIA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, ANIMAL CONTROL AND THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE WERE HERE WITH A VET TO CHECK THE ANIMALS AND THEIR CONDITIONS. TINA PONDY/ CONCERNED ABOUT ANIMALS: THESE GUYS ARE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW WHEN THEY KNOW THEY’RE GETTING IN TROUBLE, IF THEY JUST COME AND DROP HAY, THEY’LL GET OUT OF TROUBLE. ASHLEY OSBORNE/ REPORTER: BASED ON WHAT THE LOCAL AND STATE AUTHORITIES SAW, THEY DID NOT PRESS CHARGES OR REMOVE ANY ANIMALS. TINA PONDY/ CONCERNED ABOUT ANIMALS: THE LAWS NEED TO BE CHANGED TO ENSURE THAT IT’S PROPER HORSE CARE, NOT THAT THEY JUST HAVE A TREE TO GET UNDER, THEY HAVE SHALLOW WATER TO GO GET A DRINK OUT OF AND THEY HAVE HAY. THAT IS NOT PROPER HORSE CARE. ASHLEY OSBORNE/REPO RTER: CINDY PEREZ HAS LIVED ACROSS THE STREET FOR SIX YEARS AND SAYS SHE DOESN’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HORSES, BUT KNOWS SOMETHING’S NOT RIGHT HERE. CINDY PEREZ/ NEIGHBOR: I SAW THE MAIN GUY, I THINK, WITH A HORSE ON A LONG LEAD AND HE WAS STANDING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET CRUNCHING WHAT LOOKED LIKE WALMART BAGS OR CELAPHENE BAGS AND YELLING, PRESUMABLY TO MAKE THE HORSE RUN IN A CIRCLE. THE HORSE WAS RUNNING, BUT WAS OBVIOUSLY TERRIFIED, EARS BACK AND TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM THE CRUNCHY BAGS. ASHLEY OSBORNE/REPO RTER: SHE SAYS SHE’S NOT SURE HOW THERE IS ENOUGH WATER ON THE PROPERTY BECAUSE A WOMAN WITH CHILDREN HAS COME TO HER HOME SEVERAL TIMES ASKING FOR IT. CINDY PEREZ/ NEIGHBOR: I ASKED THEM– DO YOU NOT HAVE ANY WATER ON YOUR PROPERTY AND SHE SAID NO, NO WATER. SO I WOULD GIVE THEM A GALLON OF WATER AND GIVE THE KIDS CUPS OF WATER. ASHLEY OSBORNE/REPO RTER: SHE’S GLAD RESCUE GROUPS ARE HERE. CINDY PEREZ/ NEIGHBOR: IT’S HARD TO PIN POINT SINCE THEY HAVE ALL THE BASICS, BUT HUMAN CONTACT ISN’T ONE OF THEM AND WHEN THEY WERE THERE, THERE WAS ALWAYS A LOT OF YELLING AND SHOUTING AND SCREAMING AND KIDS CRYING. OSBORNE: ANOTHER BIG CONCERN–BOTH PEREZ AND PONDY TOLD ME SEPERATELY THAT MANY OF THE HORSES ARE PREGNANT OR JUST HAD BABIES. AND THOSE OUT HERE WHO WORK WITH HORSES SAY THE BABIES ARE EVEN LESS LIKELY TO MAKE IT IN THESE CONDITIONS THAN THE ADULTS. THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE TELLS ME MULTIPLE AGENCIES ARE WATCHING THIS SITUATION. JOHN:

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