BULLOCH COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - At least four Bulloch County horses will have a new home after Animal Control found one horse dying in a field. Bulloch County Animal Control officers found horses in a field off of Ga. Highway 46 without proper food or water and they say its becoming more common.
"When I got here, I found one horse very dehydrated, on the ground," said Chris Ivey with Bulloch County Animal Control.
That horse had to be euthanized on Monday night.
"Luckily, we've already found a lady that will take four out of the five and we've got a vet lined up to see about getting them back on a balanced diet," Ivey said.
Ivey said the county now gets three to four calls per week of a horse or horses needing attention. Tough economic times have hurt animals, horses in particular.
The Bulloch County Animal Control said horses used to be a sign of prosperity. Now, owners have trouble selling them.
He said higher feed and medicine costs, with or without lost income, makes horses harder to afford.
"We've seen cases where they had them on Craig's List trying to give them away and you can't give them away," Ivey said.
Ivey said the owner of the horses in Bulloch County has faced some life-changing hardships lately, but now she will face citations and fines for mistreatment. He hopes other owners who find themsevles overwhelmed will ask for help and not try to hide the problem until it's too late.
Ivey said that local animal rescues, even the Department of Agriculture may help pay for food and medical treatment. He also pointed out that owners could face fines up to $250 per animal for negligence.