Abused horse seized from Blount Co. property is euthanized

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A horse seized from a Blount County property earlier this month has died from what animal advocates say was extreme abuse.

Pugsley, a 15-month-old horse, was euthanized on Friday at the UT School of Veterinary Medicine.

Nina L. Margetson, Executive Director of Horse Haven of Tennessee, said Pugsley "took a turn for the worse last night when his blood sugar dropped. He stopped eating and was unable to rise on his own. After much deliberation the decision was made to have him humanely euthanized to end his suffering. We appreciate everybody's kind words, prayers and support these last few days."

The horse's owner, James Ford, is facing animal abuse charges.

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(WBIR-Knoxville.  July 15, 2013)  A horse seized last week from a Blount County property is back at the UT School of Veterinary Medicine, fighting for its life.

15-month-old "Pugsley" returned to U-T Sunday.  Vets say he was showing increased signs of weakness and had trouble standing up.

Vets at the school have put him in a sling to help hold him up. Because of the way horses' bodies are built, they cannot lay down for long periods of time.

Vets say he faces a long road to recovery.

"Probably at least six months to get him to the point where we're sure he's going to be okay, and then even on from there to get him to be normal," said Karen McCormick.

The Blount County SPCA seized 7 horses total from the property last week, and put them in the care of Horse Haven.

Their owner, James Ford, is facing charges.  Blount County deputies arrested him last week.

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