by Crystal Bonvillian
A Tennessee man has been charged with 55 felony counts of animal cruelty after authorities rescued 54 horses and seven goats living in deplorable conditions on his property.
Jeffrey Alan Mitchell, 50, was booked into the Giles County jail and later released on $55,000 bond, according to AL.com’s news partner, WHNT News 19.
Authorities on Tuesday executed a search warrant on Mitchell’s Ragsdale Lane farm, located just outside the city limits of Pulaski, where they found the horses in lots filled with mud, water and their own excrement, the news station reported. They had little hay available to eat.
Two of the horses found were locked in a horse trailer. They were standing in feces and urine-soaked hay and had no water to drink.
The horses were in poor health, as were seven goats found locked in a dog pen in similar conditions, WHNT said. A veterinarian had to euthanize one horse that was severely malnourished.
Mitchell surrendered the animals to Volunteer Equine, who will treat the animals that can be treated and put them up for adoption, the news station said.
This is the third time that Mitchell is charged with crimes related to mistreatment of animals. His prior history makes the new charges felonies.