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Starved horses expose loophole in Indiana’s neglect law

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – Animal rights supporters say three horses found starved and dehydrated in western Indiana two months ago have exposed a loophole in the state’s animal neglect law.

Indiana Code defines animal neglect, in part, as “endangering an animal’s health by failing to provide or arrange to provide the animal with food or drink.” Although experts say the horses’ food, water and shelter were inadequate, the starved and dehydrated horses technically had access to those resources.

Warren County Prosecutor John Larson tells the Journal & Courier he does not anticipate any charges to be filed against the man. He declined to comment about whether the law has a loophole.

The horses are being nursed back to health at the Indiana Horse Rescue in Frankfort, 25 miles southeast of Lafayette.