13 horses taken from Larwill land

Aug 6, 2010 Full story: Journal Gazette

Officials removed 13 horses from a Larwill property. Thirteen horses and ponies have been removed from a Larwill property - land still owned by a couple convicted of neglecting horses six years ago, Whitley County health officials said.

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FWsouthsider

United States

#1 Aug 6, 2010
This couple was found guilty of cruelty to horses before. If there were no governmental agency that was tasked or just not able to check on them, then why were they not banned from owning horses anymore?

This must be a problem that concerns many in the community since these stories make the local news every several months.
NWard

Rochester, IN

#2 Aug 11, 2010
I was involved in the case in 2004. I took care of 6 of 8 of the seized ponies. All have since been placed in good homes but one who was severely crippled due to the Mullins' neglect. I kept her. This is not something new with these people. The neglect has been going on for many, many years. The county chose to finally take action.
Judge Rush took some pity on them during the trial in 2004 and the remaining animals were left on the property the clear understanding that the Mullinses were to care for the animals properly, with a vet making regular visits to the place to see that they were doing this. Did the Mullinses really fool everyone! They kept their end up for a short period of time then when the coast was clear, they dropped the ball! Animal hoarding is a sickness where the owner generally denies any wrongdoing and fails to recognize the condition their animals are in. The Mullinses clearly have some sort of delusion that I hope they get help for. If they can't afford or provide care for the ponies, they need to seek new homes for them. Hopefully this bunch of ponies gets the care it needs and the Mullinses are prohibited from getting or keeping any other animals!
NWard

Rochester, IN

#3 Aug 11, 2010
I was involved in the 2004 case where I rehabilitated 6 of the 8 ponies and have found homes for all but one, which was so severely crippled by the Mullins neglect, that I kept her because few people would understand what she went through. I saw what these animals went through. I sat through the trial. I listened to the Mullins' bullcrap stories about not knowing any better how to care for a horse, and that there was nothing wrong with these animals, etc. Cynthia Mullins' best friend Shannon McComb, who has a college education in animal sciences, even took the witness stand and tried to say Cindy does not neglect animals and there was nothing wrong with these ponies. Shannon also lives in a fantasy world! This is not something new with these people. The neglect has been going on since they started inbreeding these animals years and years ago. Unfortunately I think the judge was too lenient on them, took some pity and allowed them to keep the remaining animals. They were ordered to have a vet come to the property frequently to see to the ponies' care. They were also ordered not to get any more animals. Not long after that trial, they had acquired at least one new horse that was not on the property when we seized the first 8 ponies. This horse was in pretty good shape at first. Needless to say the pictures I have seen on the internet newspapers reveals the cruelty these people have always been guilty of. I believe this situation goes deeper than simple neglect and lack of equine husbandry. These people are animal hoarders, it seems, and denial of wrongdoing is a classic symptom of this illness. The Journal Gazette reported that it appeared they no longer lived on the property and looked as though no one had been there in some time as their water troughs were all empty. I can't imaging being without shelter and water in this heat! I hope the County does not get fooled by these people a second time! The believe the Mullins' should be forbidden to have animals until they get some professional help.
FWsouthsider

United States

#4 Aug 11, 2010
I see you live in Akron. Do you know Keith and Denise Childers? Her father had worked at a bank and she was/is a nurse.

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