On average, the Central Missouri Humane Society receives one or two phone calls of suspected animal neglect each day. On Tuesday, it received four or five.
Since two severely malnourished horses were found at a Hallsville farm on Sunday, public awareness about animal neglect has sparked increased phone calls to the Central Missouri Humane Society about suspected animal neglect, said Karen Stix of the Central Missouri Humane Society.
One horse was unable to stand and died in the arms of humane society shelter operations manager Lindsee Billings. The other has been taken to a temporary foster home.
Billings reports that two or three people have already expressed interest in adopting the horse.
According to Stix, interim executive director of the humane society, staff members think the horse’s name is Joe and that it is a quarter/Arabian mix.
“Any time the media covers this kind of thing (neglect cases), it reminds people to report similar situations,” Stix said.
Last year, a similar case also sparked public interest.
On Nov. 9, 2002, Miller, nicknamed by the humane society, was found wandering along Interstate 70 near the Millersburg exit. The media coverage of Miller encouraged more than 50 people to call in offering to adopt the animal, Stix said.
The humane society has a few foster families willing to take in horses that need extra care.
After the horse was found Sunday in Hallsville, the MU College of Veterinary Medicine examined it. Now an equine veterinarian and foster parents are taking care of the horse’s special diet and general health.
Unlike Miller, who was eventually adopted by a veterinarian, this horse might never be adopted. According to Stix, the courts will decide where the horse will be placed.
According to assistant prosecutor Connie Sullivan, no charges have been brought against Brandi M. Phillips, 21, and her husband, Thomas L. Phillips, 20, who were taken into custody by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department on Monday on suspicion of animal neglect. Bond of $5,000 each was posted Monday.
A court date has been set for 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 5.