EMMET COUNTY – On Thursday, October 23, 2014, the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office responded to a welfare check on horses that appeared to be not taken care of properly on Johnson Road, in Springvale Township, according to Sheriff Pete Wallin.
The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Office responded to the address on Johnson Road and found seven horses that appeared to be malnourished and were lacking proper water supply.
Pictures were taken of the horses and the pasture areas that they were in. The photos were evaluated by two veterinary clinics in Emmet County and both Veterinarians confirmed that the horses were not receiving proper food and water for extended periods of time.
Due to the horses’ condition and the upcoming winter and cold weather, an Expartie Order was issued on November 13, 2014, from 90th District Court, to remove the horses pending a hearing.
A seven count misdemeanor warrant was issued for violation of the Emmet County Animal Control Ordinance for animal cruelty.
Brett Lauren Taylor, 20-years-old, of Boyne City, was arrested and posted a $200.00 bond. The seven horses were removed and placed with Second Chance Ranch and Rescue pending a hearing on the Expartie Order to remove the horses on November 24th, 2014. Taylor will also be arraigned on November 24th, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in 90th District Court.