Horses reportedly malnourished in Haughton

By Fred Childers - bio|email

HAUGHTON, LA (KSLA) -   Bossier authorities say several horses confiscated from Haughton are in bad shape.

You can see for yourself, their coats are dull, and nearly every rib is visible.

The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office says it's neglect.

"There are four of them that have obviously not been taken care of," said Ed Baswell with the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office.

The man who owns them, George Williamson is already in trouble with the law in Bossier Parish.

Williamson is being charged with possession of stolen things after he himself, reportedly tipped off authorities that his daughter's boyfriend, Aaron Thomas stored stolen property on his Haughton land.

"Mr. Williamson was aware that this equipment was stolen," said Baswell.

And it was during that investigation the Bossier Sheriff's deputies noticed the horses, and the bad condition they were in. They were confiscated, and the Livestock Brand Commission was immediately notified.

"And they have an investigator who works this area, very familiar with this area, and is an expert in this field," said Baswell.

The horses are now recovering in North Bossier, where conditions are said to be much better.

"The place we picked them up in was just a little trap there wasn't much to eat in," said John Ed Jordan, the horses temporary caretaker.

Jordan says they'll recover, but that'll require a new owner to nurse them back to health.

"We hope that when they go to public auction someone will take them, nourish them, and give them a good home," said Baswell.

The horses will be sold at an upcoming auction in Bossier on Wednesday.

According to bossier parish investigators Williamson blames his daughter, says she was supposed to be taking care of them.

Neither of them has been formally charged, but they both face a charge of simple cruelty to animals.

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