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.