Another neglected horse taken from ranch
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) -- The SPCA and Police have taken another allegedly neglected horse from a ranch in Miami Gardens where they had also picked up two horses on Sunday.
According to the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, they, with the help of Miami Gardens Police, took another horse from stables at 5400 NW 159th St. in Miami Gardens, early Wednesday afternoon. This is the same location where they also took two malnourished horses from on Sunday.
One of those horses is recovering, but the other remains in critical condition and only has a 50-50 chance of survival, according to caretakers. "Neither one of the horses had water." Lauri Waggner, of the SPCA said.
As for the latest horse rescued from the ranch on Wednesday, the SPCA will take him away for rehabilitation. According to the SPCA, the horse salvaged from the stables on Wednesday, which had its ribs clearly showing through its skin, is a thoroughbred that had been racing locally as recently as February. This rescue stems from Sunday's investigation.
After spending much of the afternoon at the stables, police were seen leading 73-year-old Andrew Winningham out of the facility in handcuffs. Miami Gardens police say Winningham mistreated two horses but will not be charged, for the moment, for the horse salvaged on Wednesday. "The condition of the horse is pretty bad," Mike Wright, of the Miami Gardens Police said, "very malnourished. It had water. However, today, he did explain that he purchased it, that horse that way."
According to Miami Gardens Police, Winningham will be charged with one count of cruelty to animals and one count of confinement of animals without food or exercise.
People who know this man were upset to see him put in the back of a squad car. "He called the cops," said one man on the property. "He called and let them know that they guy didn't pay. The horses don't eat. The old man that they took, he gave food to the horses. He fed the horses, but he can't be doing it for a long time, so when we called them to come and get them, look what happened now."
Police believe they will be removing more horses from the facility, which is located near the Opa-Locka Airport, as the investigation continues.
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