A Missouri man charged with animal cruelty will be in court Wednesday.
Casey Coombes, 24, of Joplin, Mo., was charged with a felony count of cruelty to animals after authorities discovered one of Coombes' horses dead and four more in “very poor condition.”
“There were two small pens, one contained two large draft-type horses, one of which was deceased,” Ottawa County Sheriff Terry Durborow said. “The other pen contained three horses. Both pens contained no grass or feed.”
It was also noted that the bark had been eaten off the trees that were present inside the pens.
“In the pen containing the draft horses, there was a small amount of water in a trough,” Durborow said. “In the other pen, a small pond was accessible to the horses for water.”
Durborow said the deceased horse was transported to the Oklahoma State Diagnostic Laboratory where a necropsy was performed.
Dr. Catherine Lamm, Clinical Instructor of Pathology, determined the official cause of death as colic, an extensive hemorrhage and necrosis of the small intestine.