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Who is responsible for the dead and dying horses in Utah County?

UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - The Utah County Sheriff's Department released pictures of dead and dying horses, but no one is taking responsibility.
UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - The Utah County Sheriff's Department released pictures of dead and dying horses, but no one is taking responsibility.  

Rory Childs says he can't comment on the pictures released of the horses because it is evidence in a court case.

They belong to Trudy and Rory Childs.  The two say they're not at fault for the horses deaths because they were feeding the horses up to 30 pounds of hay a day even though the horses’ bodies look emaciated.  Pictures released by the Sheriff's Department reveal ribs and a spot where a horse's urination left a brown spot in the snow. 

Sgt. Spencer Cannon of the Utah County Sheriff's Department says this is an indication the horses body was eating its own muscle.  Trudy says it's normal for horses to urinate a brown color.  

The Childs' say Justin Barrow is to blame for the bad condition of their horses.  Barrow hauled about 100 of the Childs' horses from Utah County to his ranch near Ogden.  Childs agreed to pay Barrow for his care of the horses.

About nine months later Veterinarian David Moss inspected the Childs' horses.  He says they were in fair condition and there was no disease. 

Two months later in July and four months later in September Trudy and Rory took some of their horses back even though Barrow had a lien on the animals because of a dispute over payments. 

Barrow says a Weber County attorney overruled the lien and allowed the Childs to take the horses.  

"We pleaded with him to not let them take the horses back because she could not feed them," said Barrow.

The pictures of their dead and dying horses were made public in February of 2013.

The Childs say they are innocent.  They say Barrow and disease are responsible for their horses dying.   

ABC 4 will continue to follow this story as it progresses through the court system.

 
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