Appeal in animal cruelty case denied

Officials begin the task of finding homes for horses seized in a Colleton County animal cruelty case.
A judge has turned down an appeal from the owner of over 40 horses that officials ruled were being mistreated. Eddy Ackerman, who had the horses at a camp near the Colleton County town of Cottageville, made the appeal. The ruling paves the way for Colleton County to work toward finding homes for the horses.
On May 5, officers working on behalf of Colleton County Animal Control seized a dozen dogs, and a number of chickens, along with the horses from the Gift Horse Bible Camp after reports that the animals were suffering from neglect. Ackerman says some of the horses were not eating because they were sick, not because they were abused. Ackerman has asked that the charges of animal cruelty be dismissed.

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