An arrest warrant was issued July 20 for a Sallisaw man and his grandson, who were accused of leaving horses to starve, court records show.
Vincent McGee, 59, and William Dakota Galvan, 22, were each charged with one count of cruelty to animals, a felony punishable by either a fine of up to $5,000, up to five years in prison, or both.
On April 8, a Sequoyah County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to check the welfare of two horses being kept at an abandoned property on 4646 Road in Sallisaw.
Both horses were extremely thin with their ribs showing, bellies bloated and hooves turned up and cracked. When the deputy checked around the property she could not find any water source and the trough was empty.
The deputy contacted an individual with extensive horse knowledge who came to the property and examined the animals. He said they were in extremely bad shape and needed immediate medical attention.
The individual said he could tell by their bloated bodies that they were also suffering from worms. He said that on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the worst, the horses were in the 3 range. The horses were placed in his care.
Neighbors told the deputy that McGee and Galvan owned the abandoned property.
Bond for Galvan and McGee was set at $5,000 each and their next court appearance is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. July 29.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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