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Oklahoma City police arrest man after finding 3 dead horses, malnourished livestock on property

Oklahoma City police accuse Michael Gene Ross, 50, of Norman, of failing to properly care for livestock on his property. Three horses died and a fourth has permanent, crippling maladies.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: July 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm •  Published: July 27, 2012

Oklahoma City police accuse a Norman man of neglecting livestock to a degree so severe that three horses were found dead and a fourth suffered permanent, crippling maladies.

Michael Gene Ross, 50, was arrested Sunday on four complaints of lack of care for an animal. He was booked into the Oklahoma County jail and later released on bail. He had not been charged as of Friday.

A man called police to the 10400 block of SE 179 in far southeast Oklahoma City about 6:10 p.m. Sunday to report he found two llamas and a horse that appeared to be malnourished on a property adjacent to his own, according to a police report released Friday. The man was feeding the llamas and horse when police arrived.

Officers said the horse obviously was suffering from a lack of proper care.

The hooves, which hadn't been clipped for some time, were curling up and sticking out nearly a foot in front, and the horse appeared to be malnourished, officer Jacob Jones wrote in the report. The llamas were in better shape, but in need of food and water.

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