Saturday, February 09, 2013
Horse Rescue Facility Owners Jailed
Two Owners Charged With 19 Counts Of Animal Abandonment
LABELLE, FL. -- Heather Katherine Walsh, 41 of 6584 County Road 78 in Hendry county, and husband Michael John Walsh, 51 were arrested February 7 on 19 counts each of animal abandonment.
Video: Equine Rescue produced video on YouTube, September 2012.
Operating the Florida Equine Rescue west of LaBelle, the couple had reportedly been warned by authorities about the condition of the horses at their rural ranch. At one time there were up to 35 horses living there.
The group has appeared at several local events to raise money.
Florida Equine Rescue, Inc. was incorporated as a non-profit May, 2012. A third officer of the corporation is Chad Lamkin and the registered agent is Miriah Allyson Bowne, all of the same Hendry county address.
According to property records the land is owned by Flor L. and Esperanza Jimenez, who purchased the property in January 2012.
The court has set bond at $1,000 for each of the 19 criminal counts for Mr. and Mrs. Walsh.