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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a farrier and former owner of a 14-year-old thoroughbred named Major.
Major was a race horse. He died on Dec. 30, 2013 from starvation, according to the vet who oversaw him.
The horse had a number of ailments when he was rescued by Trish Sylvester and her family this weekend. The animal had missing patches of skin and legions caused by rain rot. The family purchased the horse for $200 in hopes of nursing it back to health. It died at the Steadfast Farm.
The Sylvesters say they bought the animal from a local farrier who claims he was given the animal three months ago in the same condition from another owner. The vet filed a police report, and now Horry County Police have issued a warrant for the horse's former owner.
"It makes me feel sick to my stomach that somebody could intentionally choose not to feed an animal when they were sitting down every night eating themselves," says Trish Sylvester.
A fund has been set up to help other horse owners who are unable to provide for their animals. You can donate to the fund by contacting the Myrtle Beach Equine Clinic.