An animal welfare group Friday said examination of horses belonging to a Shelburne man reveals "the worst case of abuse and neglect" they've ever seen.
Last Tuesday officials removed the horses, which are recovering at the Spring Hill Horse Rescue. The group said it found two mares and a stallion that had been locked in small, dark stalls for several years -- surrounded by the remains of other horses.
Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan said his office will join Shelburne Police in the investigation. "I think anytime that you see cruelty -- whether it's a child, another person, whether it's to an animal -- you really have to have an investigation and that's what we're going to do, it's the standard operating procedure," said Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan.
Donovan plans to meet with Shelburne Police Monday morning. He said they need to determine if the animals' treatment is neglect or malicious.
The owner of the horses is cooperating with investigators. His name is not being released at this time.