Holt horse remains in critical condition; no charges filed

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Justice, a paint quarter horse, was recently rescued by Safe Haven Horse Rescue Center in Laurel Hill. Justice — who was found in poor health in Holt — is in critical condition after being diagnosed with liver failure and severe dehydration.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 02:49 PM.

LAUREL HILL — A severely ill, dehydrated 17-year-old horse is under veterinary specialists' care after being discovered last week in Holt.

A Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences official was working with the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society on the case, Safe Haven Horse Rescue Center staffer Brittany Coplen said.

Both departments learned about the horse, named Justice by Safe Haven, early last week, PAWS Executive Director Dee Thompson said.

Thompson said she is unaware of any charges being filed against the original owner, who handed Justice over to Safe Haven on July 4.

“The veterinary reports were inconclusive of neglect of any kind,” she said. 

The horse was relinquished on Friday to the Northwest Florida Animal Clinic in Milton for additional treatments. Justice returned to Safe Haven on Monday.

Veterinary specialists' tests confirmed the horse was not spreading illness to other horses at the Holt property.  

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