LAGRANGE, Ind. (WANE) A horse in LaGrange County that appeared badly emaciated was the subject of an investigation by the state veterinarian and county police.
On Wednesday, LaGrange County Sheriff’s deputies and the Indiana State veterinarian went to a property at 3455 N. S.R. 9 in Howe after receiving “several” complaints about possible animal neglect. In a Facebook post by Allen Yoder that has been shared more than 33,000 times, a horse is shown severely underweight and with cuts to its hoof.
Dozens of people contacted NewsChannel 15 about the horse this week.
At the property, the sheriff’s department said the state veterinarian inspected all animals on the property. Officials found “adequate water supply and food source” on the property. A news release said that “adequate medical and health care requirements” were being administered to the animals on the property.
The sheriff’s department said the property owner – Larry Meyers – was “cooperative and forthcoming of information.”
Meyer explained to NewsChannel 15’s Angelica Robinson on Thursday that he purchases horses that are in poor health and near-death at auctions, and nurses them back to health. When they’re in good condition again, Meyers said he resells them.
He said he’s taken care of horses for his entire life, and said he’s dealt with complaints like this for 20 years. Meyers said the board of health continually agree he’s not neglecting the animals, and said that people simply need to “mind their own business.”
The state veterinarian will conduct a follow-up visit later to verify the owner was caring for the animals.