CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — The Logan County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a suspected case of animal cruelty in Chapmanville.
A horse was spotted lying motionless in the snow Tuesday, and later passed away.
The two women who found the horse said it was lying on the cold, muddy ground, trying to move but couldn’t. They said it broke their hearts, and now several people are working together to try to figure out what happened.
It all started when the two women stumbled upon a heartbreaking situation along North Fork Road in Chapmanville on Tuesday. They decided to post photos on Facebook of a horse lying in an icy, muddy field, on its last breath.
“I noticed it was laying in the field and the other horses were grazing. I stopped and got out and watched it you could see it was trying to move its legs; they weren’t moving like they should,” Brittany Pridemore said.
Amber Neece and Pridemoore did what they could to comfort the horse in its final moments. Neece said they used blankets and placed the horse’s head in her lap.
“It just stared at me; it completely broke my heart in two because there was nothing I could do for the horse. I pet it and all that my main goal was for me and to her to make it feel comfortable get it warm and it know it is loved before it passed away,” Neece said.
The Logan County Sheriff’s Department is now investigating and there are two other horses still on the property.
“Based off the info I’ve receive from witnesses and photos it does look concerning. If in fact the horse was starved and the other two are in the condition described animal cruelty charges would be appropriate,” West Virginia director of the Humane Society of the United States, Heather Servert said.
“It’s completely heartbreaking. No animal deserves to go the way that that horse did and that horse needs justice,” Neece said.
The Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue is helping with the investigation.
Servert said if the other two horses are in poor condition, she hopes something can be done to help them.
WCHS and WVAH News provided this story through a partnership with the Logan Banner.