September 2, 2022

Jones County Sheriff takes neglected horses off Moselle property

Mary Apel

The Jones County Sheriff’s Department executed a seizure warrant on Thursday afternoon at a location on Ben Thompson Road in Moselle for two malnourished and neglected horses.

The two horses are at least 10 years old and likely in their mid-teens. Deputies found the conditions the horses were living in to be deplorable with very little to no grass to eat, no feed, and a small water source that contained black water.

Miranda Swilley, who is known as “The Horse Lady”, took possession of both horses which are being cared for by her rescue organization.

JCSD Chief Deputy Mitch Sumrall notes, “These poor horses did not deserve the lack of care that they were subjected to. Both are being evaluated for potential diseases and face a lengthy and costly rehabilitation.”

JCSD had received numerous complaints from area residents regarding the welfare and conditions of the horses leading up to the seizure.

Chief Deputy Sumrall concludes, “We greatly appreciate Miranda Swilley and her rescue volunteers as they now are caring for these two horses.  As bad as the photos and video are of these neglected horses, to be there and see them in person was heartbreaking.”

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