Twiggs County man arrested for animal cruelty, starving horses taken off property
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Several animals, including two starving horses, were rescued from a property in Twiggs County on Wednesday morning.
Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare assisted the Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation at 1166 Big Oak Road. The owner, Robert Allen Barfield, was arrested and charged with two counts of animal cruelty. He’s out of jail after paying a $2,000 bond.
One of the horses on his property was emaciated.
“Whats interesting is they can actually get much worse than that and still be alive, but not much worse than that,” Dr. Rebecca Gimenez said after loading the horses in a trailer for the vet.
Also on the property were pigs and chickens. Because of the charges against Barfield, all animals on the property were removed.
“He was actually trying to find homes for them, but there was other stuff involved,” Officer Jason Vinson of Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare said.
Gimenez, with Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER) says it will take the horses about a month to recover.
“It makes me extremely sad, it makes me angry,” Gimenez said. “It upsets me that people don’t know how to reach out for help. We even have a program through Georgia Equine Rescue League where we will buy food for animals in these kinds of situations.”
Neighbors of Barfield took in one of the pigs and a pony. Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare removed the other animals.
If you would like to adopt an animal or report a case of animal abuse, contact Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare at 478-621-6791.