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3 charged in neglect, death of 3 horses, another taken to sanctuary

3 charged in neglect, death of 3 horses (Photo: Courtesy Dust Devil Ranch Sanctuary for Horses)

(KUTV) Three horses are dead, with another surviving after allegedly being neglected for an unknown amount of time in Southern Utah.

Three people from New Harmony, Utah, Kelton Prisbrey, John Trinity, and Christina Silvers, were arrested Sunday and booked into the Washington County jail on alleged animal cruelty – aggravated neglect charges.

Spokesman for Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. David Crouse, said on Feb. 12, residents in New Harmony reported seeing a dead horse on Prisbrey’s property and neither he or the tenants -- Trinity or Silvers -- had not yet properly disposed of the animal.

Deputies came back days later on an unrelated incident and found that the same horse was still laying there, dead on the property.

After further investigation, Crouse said that they found two more horses were recently buried on the property inside the corral and a fourth horse was found emaciated, locked up then taken to a sanctuary in Cedar City, Dust Devil Ranch Sanctuary for Horses, to be looked at by a veterinarian.

Crouse said the suspects indicated that they didn’t have enough money for food and that the horses died of starvation and, or cold weather.

This is still an active investigation by Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Since the incident, Silvers has been released from custody and both Prisbrey and Trinity remain in jail.

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