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Dead horses discovered in Roane County; 20 others severely malnourished

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Roane County officials are investigating more than a dozen dead horses.

Roane County Prosecutor Josh Downey said on Monday evening that the Sheriff's Department first got word on Wednesday, Jan. 16, that someone had spotted a dead horse outside of Reedy, about ten miles north of Spencer.

West Virginia State Police Troopers and representatives from the West Virginia Department of Agriculture traveled to the area on Friday, Jan. 18. A search warrant was issued on Saturday morning according to Downey.

During a search of the Reedy property, officials found 14-16 dead horses and twenty that were still alive according to Downey. The twenty horses that were alive were transported in trailers to an undisclosed location in the county within 24 hours.

Downey said that the horses are a part of an ongoing investigation and they are under quarantine by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. The owner of the horses was present during the search, according to Downey. Authorities are not releasing her name at this time, but she told officials that the horses were purchased in Pennsylvania, according to Downey. He said that they haven't found any certification proving that to date. No charges have been filed at this time, but Downey said charges to be filed at a later date.

The twenty horses taken from the property are expected to make a full recovery according to Downey. The horses were tested and the results should be back by midweek. Among the horses were two stallions, one colt about 5 months old, and the rest are mares. Downey said that it's possible one of the mares is pregnant.

Downey said that people have already offered to help with donations, but much more is needed. It takes roughly ten bales of hay and fifty pounds of grain each day to feed the horses. Getting them back to proper weight is going to take more hay and grain in the beginning according to Downey.

Anyone who wants to help or make a donation, should call the Roane County Sheriff's Office at 304-927-3410 or the Roane County Animal Shelter 304-927-2555.