Handlers said that they were amazed that a horse has recovered from nearly starving to death.
Trooper was one of four live and one deceased horses that humane agents discovered at a Groveport farm in January. Humane agents said that the horses were starving and living in deplorable conditions.
Investigators said that Trooper was a victim of animal cruelty. His former owner admitted to neglect and animal cruelty and remains on probation.
“There were hundreds and hundreds of bread wrappers on the floor,” said Franklin County Sheriff’s Cpl. Samuel Byrd. “They must have eaten bread to survive. There was no water, general case of neglect, obviously.”
Byrd said that Trooper was getting stronger and move brave each day. He hoped to one day be able to train the horse to be part of the mounted patrol unit.
“It’s just going to be a lot of time, a lot of attention and trust-building,” Byrd said.
Byrd said that Trooper had come a long way.
“This isn’t the same horse we had before; he has changed a lot,” Byrd said. “He had a very kind, gentle eye, a very good soul.”
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