Horse Found Burned in a Marion County Farm
A horse was found burned in a Marion County farm and now the owners are looking for answers.
A neighbor told deputies that on Friday she saw a red car sitting in front of the home for about an hour.
A six foot tall white man walked around the property and then left, but the neighbor did not see the man attacking the horse.
Marion County Animal Services was at the scene, but is not investgating the case.
As of right now the Marion County Sheriff's Office has closed their "suspicious incident" case because there was not enough evidence to arrest anyone at that time.
If additional evidence comes about, then the case will be re-opened.
In the meantime the owner of the horse and the woman who leases the horse are asking the public for help.
"It's heartbreaking to know that somebody can do something like that to an animal. An innocent animal," said Lisa Hensley.
For the past two months, Hensley has been leasing this Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse for her four -year- old son.
"He loves her very much. He comes home everyday and takes care of her, feeds her and brushes her," said Hensley.
On Thursday afternoon, Hensley left on a three day camping trip.
When she returned to her home on Lake View Drive West on Sunday afternoon, she discovered that "Sassy" had been attacked.
Sassy was hiding in a dark corner of a storage barn.
When Hensley found Sassy she noticed she was not acting like herself. That's when she saw that Sassy had burns on her left leg and along other areas on her side.
"She was standing, but having a hard time. Her leg was very swollen," said Hensley.
Hensley immediately called William Todd Overcash, who owns the horse.
"Whoever did this to her is not a human from what I believe a human should be," said Overcash.
Since the attack, Sassy has been treated by Veterinarian Dr. Paul Callaghan.
He told deputies that he was unsure as to what caused the burns on the horse, but doubts it was acid.
Instead Dr. Callaghan said the injuries could be from creosote paint.
"We can discuss whether it was acid or an alkaline, but it was a corrosive material that was thrown on her," said Overcash.
Overcash and Hensley said one thing is for sure, the attack was intentional.
"She is suffering and the infections is progressing and getting worse. We either got to turn that or we are in trouble," said Overcash.
On Tuesday another vet evaluated Sassy and recommended she stay at the Ocala Equine Hospital.
Overcash said they will be offering a reward to anyone with information about the attack.
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