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Woman arrested after 1 horse found dead and 3 extremely malnourished in Dade County

On September 4th, at approximately 1:15pm, a Dade County Deputy was given a call from dispatch, for an anonymous complaint about horses not being taken care of, in the area of Smith Rd on Sand Mountain. The Deputy responded to the area and located 3 horses in a field, with what appeared to be no food or clean water. The Deputy observed that the horses appeared to be extremely malnourished. The Deputy contacted the Georgia Department of Agriculture (Equine Division), and requested their assistance in evaluating the horses.

Upon further investigation, another horse was located on the property, and found to be deceased, prior to the arrival of Deputies. It is believed that the horse possibly died from lack of sustenance. That horse was buried on the property by the Dade County Public Works Department, and Dade County Executive Ted Rumley. The owner of the horses was located, and eventually arrested on warrants for 1 count of Felony Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, and 3 counts of Misdemeanor Cruelty to Animals. It was found during the investigation, that the owner of the horses leased the land from the property owner, and the property owner had no knowledge of the condition of the horses. The owner of the horses did not live on site. The owner of the horses voluntarily surrendered the horses to the Sheriff's Office. Red Clay Ranch Equine Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc. was contacted by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and responded to the scene to take possession of the horses. Sheriff Cross wants to express to everyone, that this type of behavior towards animals will not be tolerated in Dade County. He also wants everyone to know that we understand that things happen, and people can no longer take care of their animals. The important thing to remember, is that there is help out there for these types of situations. If you need help, just ask!! The suspect in this case (Emily Brown, 21 of Flat Rock, AL) is currently incarcerated in the Dade County Jail. Sheriff Cross wants to express his gratitude to the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Red Clay Ranch Equine Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc., Dade County Public Works, and Dade County Executive Ted Rumley, for their assistance in taking care of these animals.

Also, a huge thanks to Deputy Summer Raley, who worked tirelessly for 2 days, to make sure that the remaining horses had a fighting chance for survival.