Although a Bowling Green man recently pled guilty in Clay Superior Court to four counts of animal cruelty to horses, Clay County Humane Society Shelter Director Matt Moss, who was involved in the case, is upset for another reason.
"Instead of letting things get out of hand, letting a problem escalate beyond a point of no return, people really need to call us when they are experiencing problems in taking care of their animals," Moss said. "We can try to find ways to help them before it is too late."
According to court records filed Aug. 8, Brian Vincent appeared before Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers to pled guilty to four counts of cruelty to an animal, a Class B misdemeanor, for the starvation and neglect of several horses at a residence in Bowling Green.
Akers sentenced Vincent to 180 days for each count to be served at the Clay County Justice Center, with good time credit if earned.
Vincent, who was court ordered to refrain from ownership or possession of all animals, was also ordered to obey all laws, schedule and pay for all probation user fees, reimburse the public defender fund and the Clay County Humane Society for their costs and pay all costs of the investigation.
Moss said that four of the horses rescued during the investigation were sent to Indiana Horse Rescue, two of which have been placed through adoption, and a fifth horse that was adopted locally.
Although it is a good feeling to help save the five horses, Moss says it is a shame that the shelter could not help sooner because two animals were found dead at the scene.
"We're not out here to prosecute people," Moss said. "Our main purpose is to ensure the welfare of animals."
To request information about the care of, or to seek assistance in maintaining an animal, contact Moss by calling 446-5126.