The Wake County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deaths of 21 horses and a dog in southern Wake County.
Deputies were called to a property in the 10000 block of Fanny Brown Road Friday where the dead animals were found.
Eric Curry of the Wake County Sheriff’s Office told The News & Observer Saturday that the situation is being treated as an animal cruelty investigation. Three horses were removed by animal control officers and will undergo necropsy, he said.
One dog was found alive in a cage, and was taken by animal control for treatment, Curry said.
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Neighbors discovered the dead animals, according to ABC11, The News & Observer’s media partner.
Gwen Roberts, who runs Horses for Hope near the property, told ABC11 that a neighbor contacted her because she suspected there might be animals in trouble there. They walked through the woods and found the dead horses.
“When I walked back there and went around the corner, it was just horrifying,” Roberts told ABC11. “It was just bad. It was really bad. They didn’t have to die. All they had to do is ask for help. It’s really sad.”
Law enforcement are looking for a person of interest who may be connected to the horses, Curry said.