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Utah County release pictures of dead horses

UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Two Utah County citizens are charged with cruelty to animals. Trudy and Rory Childes are accused of letting their horses starve to death under their care.
Two Utah County citizens are charged with cruelty to animals. Trudy and Rory Childes are accused of letting their horses starve to death under their care.

Trudy denies these allegations. She says she feeds her horses up to 30 pounds of hay a day and blames the poor health of her horses on a disease.

The Utah County Sheriff's Department captured several pictures of dead horses on their property.

"The reaction is almost revolting - sadness and disappointment," said Sgt. Spencer Cannon of the Utah County Sheriff's Department. "These are horses that have obviously not been cared for for an extended period of time."

One of the Childes' horses was stuck in a fence. Sgt. Cannon says it kicked snow away from that area and struggled to escape.

Deputies were present as the horse was removed from the fence and taken to a nearby pile of hay. The horse was too weak to eat and eventually died.

Sheriff deputies also found two dead horses in an unfinished grave. The grave was only 80 yards from a nearby river. Sgt. Cannon says this is illegal because the horses bodies could contaminate the water.

Deputies also found several trees with no bark. Sgt. Cannon says the horses were eating the bark because they didn't have enough hay to eat.

The Childes' called ABC 4 to say that they are wrongly accused. They blame the horses' bad condition on a disease. The Childes say they are sending samples to a lab and are expecting to get results back in a week.



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