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A total of 18 horses and 6 cows were found dead on farm in Muskogee, Oklahoma on Saturday, February 7 2015. The owner of the farm is Dan McWilliams, a former American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) breeder. Neighbours called police after they noticed several dead animals littering the property.

Dead Horse
Credit: Leif Wright

A seizure warrant was served following the discovery of the bodies, which allowed authorities to remove the approx 98 remaining horses and just over 110 cows from the property. 

"Our main concern [is] taking care of the ones that [are] still alive" stated Captain Slade. 

According to a veterinarian working the case the animals were starved and infested with parasites. One of the removed cows already died yesterday morning and Sheriff Charles Pearson states that "another three or four cannot be raised to their feet". In additional several of the horses are "crippled". 

In the next 10 days, there will be a hearing and a judge will determine whether or not the animals are going to be returned to the owner or if they will become property of the state. McWilliams is currently in county jail without bond on 23 counts of animal neglect.

The animals have since been taken to Pecan Creek Ranch west of town, where they will be quarantined for a month. They are currently receiving veterinary care and can (hopefully) take the first steps towards a successful recovery. 

"They're doing everything they can to save them out there at Pecan Creek Ranch," Pearson said. "If it wasn't for them and Sooner Salvage, I don't know what we would have done."

Visit muskogeeNOW for continued updates as this story progresses. 

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