A Putnam County couple is facing an animal cruelty charge after failing to provide veterinary care for their horses, authorities say.
John and Gail Cobb of Custer Ridge Road each were charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty last week after Putnam humane officers repeatedly went to their home over the condition of their horses. They are now free on bond.
One of the horses died while two others were in "a condition of immediate action," according to a criminal complaint.
Humane officers went out to the home twice -- once in July and again in August -- to check on the horses' condition, both times the horses were being treated for worms and were without adequate grain or hay, according to the complaint. The couple had five horses and several dogs at the time of the first visit.
An officer again went to the property Nov. 23 after receiving a phone call from a neighbor. The woman was upset over the horses' condition and told officers that one of the animals was dead out by the pond.
Only four horses were found when the officer went back to the home. Gail Cobb told officers the fifth horse died three months ago. No dead horses were found on the property. Two horses were in acceptable condition but the other two were in "bad need of care," the complaint said.
The humane officer told the couple that the horses would need to be seen by a veterinarian no later than Nov. 26, but that day Gail Cobb called and said they couldn't get a vet to their house because of the poor condition of their driveway.
She then contacted a vet, but told the doctor she couldn't pay until later this month.
"If she cannot afford the medical care for these animals, she can't afford them," Humane Officer Keith Adkins wrote in the complaint.The horses were seized from the property on Nov. 27.