Parasites, lice and sores led to the death of an emaciated young horse this week and an animal cruelty charge against an Afton man.|
Alerted by an equine veterinarian, Waynesboro authorities pressed one charge against Tory Allen Garrett, 53, but business associates and neighbors said Friday he has systematically malnourished dozens of horses.
Most recently, an 18-month old red filly named “Scarlett” was euthanized after being purchased last month by Jamie Hemp, 28, of Symphony Acres in Staunton.
“She was very very emaciated,” Hemp said. “Probably the worst horse I’ve ever seen … I just wanted to try to save her … he wasn’t going to do it.”
Garrett denied wrongdoing.
“I’ve never had any problems, never had any charges before,” he said. “This was one little animal.”
Neighbors who spoke with The News Virginian and its media partner, NBC29, described emaciated horses on Garrett’s pasture and horses frequently breaking through fences.
Garrett said he works to rehabilitate unhealthy horses.
“I bought skinny horses to try to rehabilitate them,” Garrett said. “I get a lot of ridiculous calls … from people who see a skinny horse … all of them unfounded.”
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