"I was in shock because I've never seen anybody actually use a tool or something like that to beat a horse in the ribs with," explains Lindsey Jones.
Jones says she watched in horror as a farrier repeatedly beat her horse, Yuma. She says here family was advised by a vet to fit Yuma with shoes for the first time. Under the recommendation of a close friend, a farrier was brought in from Warrenton, Georgia. Jones says when Yuma got frightened, the farrier got violent.
She adds, "he decided to beat him with a hammer about 5 times and punched him."
And the Jones's say the blows to this gentle giant have caused more than emotional turmoil for their family. So much, that they say they want something done about."
Jones says she contacted the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office. An investigation was launched by animal control, and she says tough measures need to be taken. Her mother, who owns the horses, agrees.
Ginny Jones explains, "There should be consequences. If he beat a person with a shoeing hammer, there would be consequences. This is an animal we love and it should be against the law and somebody should do something about it."
According to South Carolina's animal cruelty statute, inflicting unnecessary pain or suffering to an animal is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years in prison or a two thousand dollar fine.
The Jones's say thankfully, Yuma will survive his injuries. But they all face a long road to recovery.
We did reach out the animal control officer in Edgefield County to see if that farrier has been charged with no luck. We'll keep trying to get in touch with her and let you know what we find out.
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