Madison Township, Ohio – A Middletown woman, Sandra Givens was charged on Thursday with seven counts of animal cruelty after authorities found one horse dead and several others malnourished at her farm in Middletown Township. Four horses were removed from the property because of their medical condtions and are currently in the care of Animal Friends Humane Society.
Two of the horses will stay under the supervision of the humane society until their out-of-state co-owner is able to take them to her farm.
Givens has been no stranger to complaints of animal neglect. On a previous investigation in May, Givens was given the opportunity to give up her horses, but she declined the offer. She claimed to have had the veterinarian out in May, but stated she had been having financial troubles which hampered her ability to buy hay and feed the animals. Investigation records from May showed a slight improvement in the condition of the horses, but no one is sure when the condition of the animals deteriorated again.
Butler County Dog Warden, Chief Julie Holmes found the dead horse on Givens’ property. The other horses’ ribs were showing, and they were filthy from lying in stalls full of manure.
Animal cruelty and neglect is a second degree misdemeanor, and if found guilty, Givens faces the maximum of a $750 fine per count and 90 days in jail.
Animal Friends Humane Society in Hamilton is currently asking the community and humane advocates to help care for the horses by donating supplies such as feed buckets, halters, lead ropes, fly spray, hay and grain. Supplies can be dropped off at 1820 Princeton Road, Hamilton.
If you are interested in adopting one of the horses, please apply online by clicking here.