Authorities with the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office and Louisiana Department of Agriculture have seized 18 horses after executing a search warrant at an address in Pitkin, La. A statement from the sheriff's office on Facebook explained the offices had received “numerous” complaints of animal neglect against the Thompson Horse Lot, long known for its Facebook-based operation offering followers an opportunity to purchase horses or “bail” animals the lot claimed were at risk for being sent to slaughter.
A number of horses bailed by crowd-funded organization ICareIHelp in 2018 were purchased from Thompson Horse Lot, according to social media posts from founder Dina Alborano. ICareIHelp has since come under fire after critics say a number of those horses can't be accounted for and may not have been properly cared for. Hal Parker, who housed rescued horses for ICareIHelp, was arrested last month on animal cruelty charges.
The sheriff's office announced a veterinarian evaluated 40 horses at the property before advising 18 be moved to another location.
“The investigation into the matter is ongoing and criminal charges are expected,” the statement read.
The Louisiana Brand Commission is continuing to look into the dates and locations of purchase for each horse.
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