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UPDATE: Owner of 4 malnourished horses sentenced

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Four horses were seized in Putnam County Wednesday. Four horses were seized in Putnam County Wednesday.
John Cobb was found guilty of animal cruelty in court Thursday, April 10. John Cobb was found guilty of animal cruelty in court Thursday, April 10.
BUFFALO, West Virginia -

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John Cobb was found guilty of animal cruelty in court Thursday, April 10.

Cobb was sentenced to six months in prison, which was suspended, along with a two-year non supervised probation.

Cobb cannot own any animals for five years, and has to pay restitution in the amount of $2,167, which is half of the restitution.

His wife, Gail Cobb, will have to pay the other half when her court date is set for May 7th.

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UPDATE:

The owners of four horses that Putnam County Animal Control called, "severely malnourished" have been arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

John and Gail Cobb, of Custer Ridge Road in Buffalo were taken into custody just before 4 p.m. Monday, according to deputies with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

Both are charged with one count each of animal cruelty.  The Cobbs were released following the arrest on a PR bond.

Stay with 13 News for more on the developing story.

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ORIGINAL:

It was a shocking case of animal abuse, but thanks to concerned neighbors, at least four horses are safe. 

It happened in a quiet community in Putnam County.  "It's just obvious they've been malnourished," said Sgt. Brian Hall with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.  "Their bones are showing, their hip bones are showing, their spines are showing."  

Animal Control was on the scene on Custer Ridge Road in Buffalo along with two deputies after numerous calls were placed by people who live in the community, concerned about the welfare of the animals.  There was no water for the horses and no food, according to officials on the scene.  One horse was found dead on the property. 

The veterinarian who was there checking the animals also specializes in equine abuse.  She said the horse that suffered the most neglect will probably have to be put down due to neurological damage.

"I would rate them all as a one on a scale from one to nine, one being bad," said a woman who came to transport the horses after they were seized.  She asked to remain anonymous.  "I gave it a bite-full of hay in that horse trailer and I thought it was going to take my hand off," she said.  "That's sad.  Very, very sad."

Officials with Animal Control also asked to not be identified yet.  They said charges were filed Wednesday against the owners, that's two counts of animal abuse so far. 

In the meantime, people in the community have reached out to help, despite the cold and late hours of the day.  "I'd of come out here at 1 o'clock in the morning and it wouldn't have mattered.  It doesn't matter.  One more day is one more day these horses might not have made it," said a woman on the scene.

Officials with Animal Control stressed that if you notice any animal abuse in your communities, be sure to call it in.  You are their eyes and ears in many situations.