Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Husband-Wife Horse Shelter Owners Arrested

Warnings Issued But Ignored

LABELLE, FL. -- On January 4, 2013, Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Agricultural Crime Unit began an investigation on a local couple accused of neglecting to provide care for their 19 horses after they received a call from someone concerned about the condition of the animals.

Michael and Heather Walsh (pictured) of Fort Denaud, who run Florida Equine Rescue, were arrested Thursday, February 7, 2013 and are in the Hendry County Jail. Many of their horses have been sent to other nonprofit caretaking organizations.

After a month long investigation and numerous verbal warnings about the health, weight, diet and follow-ups, Hendry County Sheriff’s Office arrested 51 year old Michael Walsh and 41 year old Heather Walsh on 19 counts of Conservation-Animals Abandonment of Animals. Both Michael and Heather Walsh are being held on $19,000 bond.

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