29 horses seized from St. Matthews farm

CALHOUN COUNTY, SC (WACH) - A St. Matthews man has been arrested for Ill Treatment to Animals and the Calhoun County Sheriff's Department has seized 29 horses from his farm.

Last Month, Calhoun County Sheriffâ??s deputies received information about the possibility of malnourished horses at a local horse farm. Upon further investigation, deputies discovered a deceased horse at the farm and a veterinarian determined that additional horses at the farm needed immediate care.

The owner of the horses was given a plan by veterinarians to help bring the horses at the farm to an acceptable level of health.

Animal Control Officers, along with Sheriffâ??s deputies, conducted welfare checks at the horse farm and determined that the level of care was depriving the horses of necessary sustenance.

On April 14, the owner of the horses, Ronald Hevener, 64, of St. Matthews, was arrested and charged with 8 counts of Ill Treatment to Animals. He was released on a personal recognizance bond the same day.

On May 12, Sheriffâ??s deputies returned to the horse farm to conduct additional welfare checks on the horses and determined that several were still not being cared for adequately. The owner was again arrested and charged with an additional count of Ill Treatment to Animals.

Based on numerous conditions of the farm and the animals, Sheriffâ??s deputies seized 29 horses.

Calhoun County Sheriff officials along with County Animal Control Officers, the Humane Society, and the Arabian Horse Rescue, are caring for the horses to ensure that they have the proper care required.

According to Calhoun County Sheriff Thomas Summers, several residents, as well as business owners, have donated food and man power needed to help keep the deprived horses healthy.

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