Punish Owner Who Allegedly Let Three Horses Starve


Target: Sheriff Wayne Anderson of Sullivan County

Goal: Punish man who allegedly starved his horses in an act of animal cruelty.

Three horses were rescued after a police report saying that they were visibly underweight led to a property search. Their owner, Spencer Mains, is facing three charges of animal cruelty for the condition of his horses that had been living with him for at least a year, and he should face the fullest extent of the law if found guilty.

The health of horses is measured by the Henneke Body Condition Scoring, ranging from one to nine with nine being the rank for a horse considered overweight, five being a healthy and well cared for horse, and anything under three and a half being considered thin. The horses found at the farm were ranked at a one, a two and a two and a half, measurements of extremely poor with visible indicators of starvation and malnutrition. Two of the horses had reportedly also been bred in this condition, putting more strain on their weak frames.

The horses have been relocated to a horse haven where they are receiving the proper care and returning to health by slowly introducing healthy food and constant human care, but they still endured an unknown amount of time in conditions that left them barely skin and bones.

Domestic horses are animals that require numerous kinds of maintenance from their owners to remain happy and healthy during their long life, and can easily be left suffering if their needs are not properly cared for. Tell Sheriff Anderson that these horses deserve justice for the needless neglect they endured and the cost it could have on their future wellbeing.


Dear Sheriff Anderson,

After being recovered from a farm, three horses were ranked to be in poor condition with almost no body fat on their frames with their ribs and spine bones all obviously visible beneath the skin. These animals were clearly starving and malnourished when they were rescued, and their owner is facing charges of animal cruelty for the way they were being cared for on his property. If he is found guilty in causing these animals to endure this condition as well as reproducing like this, he should face harsh punishment for this act of cruelty.

Animal ownership is both a financial and emotional responsibility, and these horses were denied the care they needed for a comfortable life by the individual entrusted to provide it for them. It could take years for them to regain their physical health, if they can regain it all, and even longer for them to be properly trained and trustworthy of humans, which will make it even more difficult for them to ever get their own caring home. Give these horses justice for their abuse and the long term consequences it will have on their life by making sure that their owner can never again treat an animal in such a way.


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