Seven Lafayette County horses were taken into protective custody (Florida Statute 828.073) by Lafayette County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) on May 12 and the owner of the horses Danny Bridges, 67, was arrested and charged with two counts of animal cruelty and one count of nuisance injurious to health.

According to the report filed by the arresting officer, Deputy Scott Hamlin, LCSO, he responded to a call about possible animal cruelty occurring at the corner of NE Mandarian and Blackjack Lane in Hatch Bend.

Hamlin said when he arrived at the address he found seven horses in a field about 7 to 10 acres in size.

"The horses came close to the fence and they were so thin their ribs were showing," Hamlin said.

Hamlin's report states "it appeared the horses had not been fed or cared for in a while."

Bridges was not at home and attempts to contact him were unsuccessful. Hamlin said he was able to contact the the son of the owner of the property, who told the officer the water well at the small farm had been broken several days and he did not think Bridges had returned very often to care for the animals. He also said Bridges had kept nine horses at the property but two had died.

A further investigation by Hamlin led to the discovery of the decaying remains of the two horses that had been dragged to the edge of the woods.

The seven horses remain at a safe place where they are being cared for said Hamlin.

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