|A yearling colt she owns weighs half of what he should|
This yearling colt was seized from a pasture on Stave Mill Road on April 30. The colt’s owner, Lacinda St. Clair, has been charged with animal cruelty in connection with the colt’s emaciated condition.
Friday, May 10, 2013
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A Rocky Mount woman was indicted Monday on one count of animal cruelty for a yearling colt she owns.
Lacinda Kay St Clair, 31, was also indicted on four counts of failing to provide sufficient food and medical treatment for four adult horses.
On April 30, animal control officers visited a pasture on Stave Mill Road to investigate a complaint of an emaciated colt lying in a mud puddle, unable to stand, according to Capt. Marvin Woods.
The colt weighs 246 pounds, about half of what he should weigh, according to Pat Muncy, director of the Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue in Hardy, where the colt was taken for treatment and rehabilitation.
"Currently, there is no muscle or fat on his body," Muncy said. "Every rib, bony process is visible."
Dr. Tony Hutchins, veterinarian, rated the colt's condition as a one on a 10-point scale.
After testing, Hutchins determined that "the colt's emaciation is due to malnutrition and competition from six older horses for available feed."
"There was no feed available for these horses and the pasture was bare," he added. "Trees, bushes and all grass available outside the fenced area was gone as far as the horses could reach over the fence, indicating the problem had been going on for a while."
Hutchins rated the other horses' condition as poor, except one, which was rated as fair.
When animal control officers returned to the pasture, the other four horses belonging to St. Clair and two others had been moved to an unknown location, Woods said.
As for the colt, he has been bathed and treated with fluids and vitamins, Muncy said. He was initially placed in a medical hoist to help him stand, and he is now able to stand on his own about six hours a day.
The colt is being fed grain every two to four hours, along with all the hay he can eat, water and electrolytes, Muncy said.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt, it is a determination by jurors that enough evidence exists to warrant a trial.