LIBERTY, N.C. — A Randolph County woman has been charged with animal cruelty after authorities said five adult horses and two ponies were seized from her property.
Donna Burkhart was charged after Animal Control Director Leigh Casaus said officers found the animals without food or water.
Authorities were given permission from a judge to take the animals from the suspect’s property in Liberty.
Burkhart was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty. The charge comes after FOX8 investigated neighbors’ concerns about the horses last week.
The suspect is already in the middle of court proceedings for felony animal cruelty charges after animal control seized two miniature donkeys from her property earlier this spring.
Casaus said the horses and ponies are very skittish and weak, but she believes they’ll survive.