More than three dozen horses have been relocated after investigators became concerned about their health during an annual inspection of a kennel and sanctuary property in Hernando County, Florida.
Investigators from Hernando County Animal Services found a number of dogs and 44 horses at the Kenton Canines Kennel, in Weeki Wachee, said Christina Jenks, operator of the Jenks Ranch and Equine Rescue, in Spring Hill, Florida. At the officials’ request Jenks Ranch personnel began removing the Miniature
Horses, Tennessee Walking Horses, Quarter Horses, and Paso Finos on May 24, she said.
“(The property) was being operated as a kennel, and (it appears) that the operator just kept taking in horses,” Jenks said.
In a written statement Michael Terry, community relations specialist for the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, said kennel operator Lori Watts will be charged with animal cruelty in connection with the care of dogs found on the property.
Watts was unavailable for comment.
Meanwhile, 37 of the horses are being evaluated and receiving rehabilitative care at the Jenks Ranch and Equine Rescue. The other seven are receiving care from the Hernando County Animal Shelter.
The case is pending.