Horse dies, 18 others seized from Lakeland couple


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From: The Tampa Tribune

starved_horseA Lakeland couple faces animal cruelty charges after 18 neglected horses were seized from their property, including one that died from malnutrition.

Polk County deputies on Monday arrested Jacob Caudy, 28, and Emily Cowper, 24, of Broken Arrow Trail South in Lakeland.

According to the arrest affadavits, the couple had been paid more than $1,200 by Anita Tucker, who lives in California, to care for her 8-year-old thoroughbred named Dixie Boy.

On April 24, deputies found the horse in a skeletal state, confined to a fenced compound without sufficient food and water.

The suspects told deputies they had taken the horse to a vet a week earlier, but deputies say that is not true, and the horse was turned over to the sheriff’s office.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Maggie Frazier

    Yes, these two are crooks – no argument. But it appears there are neighbors fairly close by – did no one dare to come forward? This certainly proves that if you trust someone else to care for your animal – there needs to be some oversight! Did the owner of the thoroughbred not come to see him? This kind of malnutrition doesn’t happen overnight.

    June 4, 2014

    June 16, 2014