Cruelty Brings Sentence
A Moore County man has been convicted of neglecting two horses.
Tony Glenn English Jr. was found guilty last week of two counts of animal cruelty. He received a suspended sentence of 120 days in prison and placed on 24 months of supervised probation.
He was ordered to pay a $500 fine and $8,364 restitution to Moore County Animal Control. He is not allowed to own any animals while on probation, according to the Moore DA’s office.
Moore County Animal Control officer Frank Ringelberg seized three horses in May after he responded to a call from the Moore County Sheriff’s Office to help return the animals to their owner.
When he arrived at the location on N.C. 705 in Westmore, he found three horses that could barely stand. Their rib cages were clearly visible through their skin. He confiscated them immediately.
Two of those animals belonged to English, while the other belonged to Johnny Baxter McCaskill Jr., who pleaded guilty to an animal cruelty charge in July.
Each horse was 200 to 500 pounds underweight, Ringelberg said in an interview just after the animals were taken. He added that it would take six to 10 months to return the animals to health. He estimated that the animals had gone at least three months without proper nourishment.
McCaskill received a suspended sentence of 120 days, with 18 months of supervised probation, and ordered to pay $826 in restitution to Moore County Animal Control. He was forbidden to own animals while on probation.
The horses have remained in foster care under the auspices of Moore County Animal Control until the cases against the owners are resolved.
Ringelberg said one of the horses was adopted by a local family in July. He expected the same family to adopt the other two horses Friday. He said Thursday that he has checked in on the horses regularly and that they have each regained about 350 pounds and are now in good health.
“They are doing perfect,” he said.
In 2010, Moore County Animal Control officers seized four horses, compared with 15 in 2009. In May 2008, Animal Control officers seized 19 horses from a farm in Cameron. Eighteen were adopted. The other one died.
Ringelberg thanked the district attorney’s office for its work on the case.
“It’s been a long wait,” he said. “But it’s a happy ending.”
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