Target: Harold Jones, Copiah County Sheriff
Goal: Demand punishment for ranch owner who is allegedly responsible for the deaths and horrible well-being of his horses
Alisha Armstrong and her husband did not expect to see such a gruesome sight when they visited the Mississippi ranch owned by Jerry Earls. The couple had intentions of buying the property, but were especially horrified at the terrible conditions of the horses. The couple noticed horses that had missing eyes or open and infected wounds with pus oozing out. After this discovery, authorities found at least 10 dead horses on the property.
Earls’s ranch has over 170 horses, all of which were living in awful conditions. The rotting carcasses of the horses were laid out in piles. Two of the dead horses were found in the creek, which consequently contaminated the water meant to supply the 175-acre ranch. The Armstrongs returned to the ranch afterward and noticed many of the dead or sick horses were gone. According to Copiah County Sheriff Harold Jones, Earls was told by investigators to bury the horses. Only 45 out of 170 horses were found in decent condition.
It is a tragedy that this awful discovery was made so late. These horses would likely still be alive if they had been given the proper care and medical attention. If true, the terrible condition of the ranch and the horrific well-being of the horses would be evidence that Earls failed to properly care for these animals. Yet, officials continue to claim that there are no grounds on which to charge Earls. Sign this petition and demand adequate punishment for Jerry Earls if found guilty of this alleged crime.
Dear Sheriff Jones,
I am extremely appalled after reading about the horrific living conditions forced upon the horses on Jerry Earls’ ranch. Some horses were apparently missing eyes or a leg and some had wounds that were so infected, pus had begun to ooze out. Authorities claimed to have found at least 10 dead horses on the property. Two of the horse carcasses were found in the creek, which consequently contaminates the property’s water supply.
Despite the alleged evidence of the lack of care and attention given to these animals, officials continue to claim that there are no grounds to charge Earls with at the moment. With so many deceased horses and sick and injured horses, I am especially concerned because Earls are accused of blatantly failing to provide proper care for these animals and might escape punishment. I urge you to make sure that Earls is penalized for the severe neglect he may have inflicted upon these innocent animals.
[Your Name Here]
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