Vet: Emaciated horse not neglected; has hepatitis


Justice, who was recently diagnosed with chronic active hepatitis by a Fort Walton Beach veterinarian, is beginning to show some signs of recovery, according to new owner.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 at 12:17 PM.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Mr. Briggs requested that his name not be published given the circumstances.

HOLT — Chronic active hepatitis purportedly plagues an emaciated paint quarter horse named Justice who is receiving care at Safe Haven Horse Rescue Center in Laurel Hill.

Dr. Jim Culotta, a Fort Walton Beach veterinarian, made the diagnosis.  

However, Safe Haven director Jim Bryan, who took the horse to a veterinary specialist in Milton, said Justice has liver failure. 

He will not know the horse’s health prognosis for at least a couple of weeks, he said, adding that Justice is starting to show signs of improvement.

Mr. Briggs, who raises horses in Holt, said he and his family have been unfairly judged, even threatened via Facebook, since their former horse became ill.

It started June 27, when residents passing by his private residence saw the horse, with protruding bones, he said.

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