The Pickens County Sheriff's Office filed an incident report regarding a complaint in reference to animal cruelty.
Three Pickens County officials investigated a pasture on Dove Street on June 7 after a woman, Cheryl Flanagan, claimed the woman who was boarding her donkey was not feeding her animals.
Deputy Timothy McFarland and Flanagan toured the pasture and found donkeys with their ribs and hip bones sticking out as well as a 2 to 3-day-old decaying horse carcass.
McFarland turned the case over to Deputy John Hale, who arrived immediately on scene. Hale counted and photographed 12 malnourished horses. Then he contacted Donna Walker, the supposed owner of the pasture, and told her to meet him at the sheriff's office.
Walker claimed none of the horses as her own and told Hale there were supposed to be 18 horses in the pasture.
On June 9 Hale returned to Dove Street with Paula Sewell from the Department of Agriculture. Walker said she was unavailable because her father was sick and has not returned subsequent calls from Hale.
No charges have been filed at this time.
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