The mare Wynter was allegedly starved by horse trainer Brian Watts. Wynter (below) before she went to Watts.
An Indiana horse trainer is facing animal neglect charges after 24 equines were found in emaciated condition. Brian Watts of SBK Training Ranch is charged with 15 counts of misdemeanor animal abuse.
Marshall County authorities say this is the largest case of animal abuse the county has seen with more than 30 animals allegedly neglected. The animals did not have adequate food, shelter or water.
As a part of the horse cruelty investigation, 15 horses scored a 3 or lower on the Henneke Body Condition Score (BCS), which led to the charges. A score of 1 – 3 on the numeric system that goes from 1-9 is rated too thin.
Watts’ wife, Stacy Watts, faces the same charges as her husband. The pair was reportedly in Texas. Warrants have been issued for their arrests.
All of the animals have been removed from the Watts’ Inman property and will be rehabbed.