An animal owner has been charged after TPSO investigated complaints of animal abuse. Earlier this week deputies responded to Hookfin Rd. in Kentwood as the result of an anonymous complaint regarding the apparent abuse and neglect of several horses in a nearby pasture.
When deputies arrived, they were directed to an area where they located three horses. One horse was observed lying on the ground with shallow and labored breathing, a second horse was seen standing in the distance, while a third – who escaped through an area of broken fence – was subsequently located in a neighboring field. Even with assistance from the Tangi Humane Society, after about two hours of rendering care and aid, one horse stopped breathing and quietly passed away. The two remaining horses were seized and removed from the property.
33-year-old Christopher O’Neil Gordon of Kentwood was arrested and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals as the result of being accused of causing long term malnourishment, unnecessary pain and suffering, and subsequent death of one of the animals in his care.