A South Carolina man is facing multiple charges in connection with an animal cruelty case that one rescuer hopes will encourage legislators to establish uniform livestock care standards in that state.

According to documents provided by the Berkeley County Attorney’s Office, on Feb. 29 Berkeley County Animal Control Department personnel responded to a complaint about alleged undernourished and injured horses residing on a property in Summerville. On March 8, following an investigation, the department charged the horses’ owner, Dwight McCloud, with three counts of failure to provide care or treatment for a diseased or injured animal; three counts of failure to provide humane treatment to animals; and one count of failure to provide adequate food and water. Penalties for each charge include a fine up to $1,092.50 or up to 30 days in jail, the documents said.

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This 3-year-old stallion allegedly had a mixture of kerosine and spent motor oil poured on his back, Steed said. She believes the owner might have been trying to treat rain rot with the mixture.

McCloud was unavailable for comment.

Elizabeth Steed, founder of the Livestock and Equine Awareness and Rescue Network (LEARN) said that two of the allegedly-maltreated animals–a 12-year-old Thoroughbred mare and a 3-year-old Medicine Hat Paint stallion–were removed from the property by animal control authorities and placed under LEARN’s care. Two oth