Manatee deputies seize emaciated horses, owners face charges

- Five horses have been taken into the custody of Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies and their owners are under arrest for animal cruelty.

Randy Warren with the Manatee Sheriff's Office said a tip came in on social media about thin, emaciated horses. 
An arrest report shows COPS Rural responded to a residence at 4900 Wingate Road in Myakka City regarding mistreated horses before.
"COPS rural unit routinely go around and observed the horses on the property. When they went after complaint they were able to see they were pretty hungry, skinny, needing better care," Warren explained.
When the COPS Rural officers showed up this time, they found the horses in what was described as the worst shape they had seen. The horses were seized and are now jail property.
"It is good we are capable of being able to take the horses because we have a farm. We put them in the pasture at the jail. They went straight to eating grass. They will get plenty of grass, hay and water," Warren said.
He added a veterinarian will come for an evaluation of the horses.
 Charges are pending against the owners, Heather and Rico Morin. 


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