An Oklahoma man is facing multiple charges after more than 80 horses were seized from his Muskogee County property.
Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office investigator Melissa Jackson said department personnel responded to a call requesting a welfare check on animals residing on a property owned by Daniel McWilliams on Feb. 7. The caller reported seeing the carcasses of four dead horses near a fenceline between McWilliams’ ranch and a neighboring property, she said.
“We walked the property and found 18 deceased cows and horses,” Jackson said.
On Feb. 8, acting on a warrant, sheriff’s investigators discovered 86 horses and 113 cattle alive on the ranch, all of which were allegedly malnourished, Jackson said.
“The horses were in better shape than the cattle,” Jackson said.
Jackson said that, according to a veterinarian on the scene, all of the animals also allegedly had parasites.
Law enforcement authorities subsequently seized all of the animals found alive on the property, Jackson said. McWilliams was arrested and charged with 23 counts of animal cruelty, she said.
“But the district attorney may bring added charges for neglect of the surviving animals,” she said.
McWilliams was unavailable for comment.
Jackson said the seized animals have been relocated and are receiving veterinary and rehabilitative care.
Meanwhile, McWilliams is free on $25,000 bond. He is slated to return to court on Feb. 23.