Two horses found dead, a third are suffering from hunger on the Indiana property, police say

An emaciated horse (see photo) was found, together with two horse carcasses on private property in Indiana, police said.

(Monroe County Sheriff’s Department)

Two horse carcasses and a third severely malnourished horses, which apparently survived by eating dirt and wood, were discovered on private property, after police in Indiana responded to a tip last week, authorities said.

Monroe County deputies found two dead horses in various states of decomposition still in their stalls, FOX59 in Indianapolis reported. Their exact cause of death may be impossible to determine, officials said.

“There was grazing capacity outside of the barn. However, they were left to languish in their stalls of what it seems to be,” Sheriff Brad Swain told the station.

A third horse, whom officers with the name Jake, is found on the property who suffer from hunger, said the police.

(Monroe County Sheriff’s Department)

Swain said a third horse, whom officers with the name Jake, is found alive in a separate barn. Blood tests showed that hungry, withered the horse to his bones and a stool sample determined his diet consisted of only dirt and wood.

The police think that a 62-year-old man, who lives on the property and has many years of experience in the training of horses — acted as their caregiver. She said that it was unclear whether he is also the owner of the horses.

The man claimed the horses were sick, and vets were consulted, the station reported.

The emaciated horse was seized and arrangements were made for the care as the investigation continued, police said. The horse, a gelding, is responding well to the treatment and health improvement on Wednesday.

No charges have been filed yet. Police suspected neglect and improper disposal of large animal carcases.

“We have to be thorough, we take the emotion of the research, and we have to ensure a person’s rights are respected and that the research is a qualitative study,” Swain told FOX59.

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