Alabama Man Faces Multiple Animal Cruelty Charges

An Alabama man is facing 32 counts of animal cruelty after authorities removed 16 equids from his Lauderdale County property where another 16 horses were discovered dead.

Lauderdale County Animal Control Officer Dwayne Oliver said he responded to a call concerning a wandering horse on July 24; further investigation revealed 16 horse carcasses.

“Some were pretty recent,” Oliver said. “One still had a halter on.”

Another 14 horses, a mule, and a donkey were also found on the property, Oliver said, all of which were allegedly malnourished. Two of the live horses were euthanized due their condition while the remaining animals are receiving rehabilitative care at a remote location, Oliver said.

On July 28, Lauderdale County law enforcement authorities arrested Horace Mearl White and charged him with 32 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. White was subsequently booked into the Lauderdale County Detention Center, Oliver said.

White was unavailable for comment.

The case remains pending.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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