ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s an extremely disturbing case of animal cruelty in Roswell.
The New Mexico Livestock Board found one dead horse with its legs chained together and three other horses so malnourished they couldn’t calculate the last time they’d been fed.
“I believe this is one of the worst cases I’ve ran across in a long time, maybe the worst case,” said New Mexico Livestock Board Supervisor Shawn Davis.
On Wednesday, the NMLB seized three horses and a rotting animal corpse from an area of farm land on the outskirts of Roswell.
They say a concerned citizen called them saying a group of animals had been neglected.
On Friday, KRQE News 13 went to that property.
There were piles upon piles of junk sitting in the same area the horses were forced to live.
Officials say there was no water or adequate food for the animals.
“The vet said the horses were about a two body condition score which would be thin to extremely thin,” said Davis.
One of the horses was in such bad shape it had to be euthanized.
However, Davis says that’s not even the worst of it.
Investigators think the deceased horse may have been there for weeks – even months – and the chains around its legs may have caused its death.
“It appears the chain hobbles rubbed the hair and flesh off the horse down to the bone,” said Davis.
Officials asked the owner if he thought he was properly taking care of the horses.
“I asked him point blank, do you think the animals were in good condition? He said yes,” said Davis.
No arrests have been made.
Davis says the owner will most likely be charged with extreme animal cruelty.
The other two seized horses are being cared for by the livestock board.
A judge will later decide if the owner should get them back or if those horses should remain with the board.