Woman arrested after investigators find malnourished horses

Woman arrested after investigators find malnourished horses
Paula Gray (Source: Limestone County Sheriff's Office)
Paula Gray (Source: Limestone County Sheriff's Office)

LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A Limestone County woman was arrested after investigators say they found malnourished horses at her home.

Limestone County Sheriff's Office animal control investigators went to home on Gordon Road on  May 18 in response to an animal welfare complaint involving several horses. They saw two horses that appeared very malnourished and questioned the owner, Paula Gray, 42, about the welfare of the horses.

Gray said the horses couldn't hold weight because they suffered from ulcers and that she was giving the horses medicine she got from a veterinarian to treat the ulcers. Investigators also saw that the horses' pasture did not have any hay or feed, or any grass.

After further investigation and consultation with several veterinarians, including the one from which Gray obtained the medicine, it was determined that the ulcers were probably caused by the stress of malnourishment.

On May 22, investigators returned to the home with a veterinarian who inspected the horses and their surroundings and determined that the horses should be taken because they were being starved by the owner. According to investigators, the horses were at least 300 pounds underweight.

Gray was arrested today by Limestone County investigators and charged with animal cruelty. The two horses were seized so they can begin recovery.

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