Horse rescue group pushes for tougher laws when it comes to neglect


Horse rescuers are pushing for tougher laws after the death of a 15-month-old colt named Pugsley.

He was one of seven malnourished horses seized from a Blount County farm earlier this year.

"Pugsley stole all of our hearts because he was the youngest that we've ever had in that condition and it was so sad," Sonja Cowsert with Horse Haven of Tennessee.

He was starved most of his short life, his body covered in sores and he could barely stand on his own. He was so neglected and malnourished that he wasn't able to be saved.

Pugsley isn't the first and won't be the last.

Just last year, more than 30 horses were seized from an East Knox County farm. One of the horses rescued also died from being so malnourished.

That's why Horse Haven of Tennessee hopes to see Puglsey's Law passed. it would make it a felony to starve horses to death.

"I think it would hopefully make people reconsider their actions, if there is a penalty attached to that behavior, I hope" Cowsert said.

The other hope is that Pugsley's spirit lives on.

"Pugsley's demise wouldn't have been for nothing if something good can come of it," she said.


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