FAIRFIELD COUNTY — In June, the Fairfield Animal Shelter was nearly able to pull off a remarkable feat in saving two horses that had been malnourished, one of which had also suffered a severe injury. This was despite not being equipped to handle such cases.
This month, they were able to save three horses that were malnourished and are in the process of placing them with new homes.
In July, shelter director David Brown and Lt. Roger Haney from the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office became aware of several horses that appeared malnourished including one that was limping on one leg.
Brown and Haney partnered with an equine veterinarian from Camden to assess the status of the horses and implement a plan of action. When the corrective action plan was not followed, the county cited the owner and had the horses signed over into their custody.
Throughout the process, Brown worked diligently to ensure the health and well-being of the horses and has worked with the county to ensure that the shelter will be better equipped in the future to handle these types of cases.
While it has not been finalized, the county may be obtaining some additional land next to the animal shelter so that, in the future, horses will have enough land to move around and enough grass to eat until a new home has been found.
Deputy County Administrator Davis Anderson said credit needs to be given to Brown and the Sheriff’s Office. Anderson said Brown has been an asset to the community and that Brown and Haney deserved high praise for their handling of this situation.
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.