Sullivan County sheriff opens up about animal abuse case near Milan

Animal Abuse

The Sullivan County Sheriff is talking about this week’s removal of six horses and two mules from a farm near Milan.

Remarks from Sheriff Roger Smiley were made available Thursday by the Missourinet stating deputies found the animals “lacking” food and water.


Law enforcement officers were joined by the Humane Society of Missouri in serving a warrant Tuesday to remove the horses and mules from their owner.

Sheriff Smiley says charges have not been filed against the owner, and won’t be filed until after a hearing  next week at the Sullivan County Courthouse. That’s different from what was quoted earlier in Associated Press story that noted charges “had been filed.” However, KTTN could not find any evidence of charges filed when searching the online court system website.

The name of the owner has not been released as officials wait for the court date.

Sheriff Smiley says deputies spent several months trying to get the owner to improve conditions for the animals.

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