Horse continues to fight for life after being rescued; possible other neglected horses still missing

JONES COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) – It’s hard to imagine why anyone would commit such a horrific crime, but animal neglect and abuse are issues the Jones County Sheriff’s Department deals with daily.

On Sunday, July 10, an elderly horse, aged between 20 and 30, was found collapsed in Jones County.

“She had been down, actually, I think, for a few hours,” said Miranda Swilley, president of Homeward Horse & Hound of Mississippi. “I called a vet to get them out, and we came and got the trailer, and then we went over there and started working on it.”

Now called Daisy, the mare was found severely dehydrated, overheated and malnourished.

Rescuers said she was barely alive.

“The vet came and we spoke to her to see if this was a situation she could be saved from,” Swilley said.

But, the mare was not ready to give up. Neither was Homeward Horse & Hound Rescue.

“(The vet) said, ‘Let’s try, and that’s what we did,'” Swilley said. fans to help cool her down as she was extremely hot. It was really surprising how many people showed up for her.

Daisy couldn’t get up on her own. But once she came to the rescue, she started to improve.

“It took an army to get her on the trailer,” Swilley said. “And so, we brought her here. She actually came down when she got here, but once we got her up, she had a good two days on her feet before she had to lie down to rest. And since then she has improved. She gained about 63 pounds in two weeks.

According to JCSD Chief Deputy Mitch Sumrall, the man who returned the horse is not charged with any crime. He said it was because deputies believed the man had bought Daisy in an effort to help him, and when deputies looked at the man’s other horses they all appeared to be healthy.

Unfortunately, Daisy may have been with other horses in the same condition.

According to the sheriff’s department, the man who returned Daisy said she was with two other horses when he bought her.

“He said there were two other horses that were in equally bad shape,” Sumrall said.

The Jones County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Rescue Center, went door to door in the Rawls Road area in hopes of finding out the whereabouts of the other horses, but returned empty-handed.

“We went out there to almost every residence on Rawls Road and couldn’t find the other two horses,” Sumrall said.

Now the department needs Pine Belt’s help to save the other two horses.

“If the public has any information, they don’t have to give their name,” Sumrall said. “If they call, give us an address, we’ll be happy to go and see. No animal deserves to be treated like this.

If you have any information that could lead to the location of the other horses, you are encouraged to call the Jones County Sheriff‘s Department at 601-425-3147. Anonymous advice can also be made on line.

For more information about Homeward Horse & Hound of Mississippi, including ways to help Daisy and other rescues, click here.

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