Two horses taken into protective custody in Mt. Pleasant

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Two horses showing signs of severe neglect were taken into protective custody Thursday.

According to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called to 2665 Mercury Road in Mt. Pleasant to check on the welfare of the two animals. When deputies arrived, they found one horse tied to a stake and two concrete blocks in the middle of a field. The second horse was lying at the end of the field. Neither horse had access to feed, water, or shade.

Neighbors called deputies and said they only knew the owner of the animals by the name of Ben.  The man who called police said Ben lives downtown and would come to the address in the afternoons to water the horses.

Deputies took readings near where the second horse lay, and found the ground temperature to be 140 degrees. That horse, a mare, appeared to be severely dehydrated and underweight.    The Equine Rescue of South Carolina and Shambley Animal Clinic were called to evaluate the horses' conditions.

After obtaining a warrant, the Equine Rescue took custody of the animals and transported them to their facility on Wadmalaw Island for treatment.

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