CALHOUN COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Calhoun County Sheriff's deputies arrested a St. Matthews man twice on animal cruelty charges after several horses at his farm were found in poor health.
Ronald Hevener, 64, was charged with eight counts of ill treatment to animals in April and ordered to take action to improve the condition of the horses at his farm. After a follow-up visit to the farm last week, deputies charged Hevener with the same violations for a second time.
When investigators were at the farm in April, one horse died and a veterinarian determined that several other horses needed immediate care. Hevener was given a vet's plan to care for the horses to improve their health. But when investigators returned to the farm last week, they determined several horses had not received adequate care.
On the most recent visit, 29 horses were seized.
Sheriff Thomas Summers says several citizens and business owners have donated food and time to help the horses. Calhoun County Animal Control officers and Arabian Horse Rescue are caring for the horses.