Photo of starving horse stirs controversy

Horse in Grant County (WISH photo)
Horse in Grant County (WISH photo)

GRANT COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — Horse lovers took the web by storm Sunday night after someone posted a photo of an emaciated horse, saying the picture was taken in Grant County, on 500 East.

Sarah Ertel is on the Marion-Grant County Humane Society Board. She posted the photo on the humane society’s Facebook page, where community members left outraged comments, saying the horse belonged to Doug Wolff.

WANE’s sister station, WISH, traveled to Wolff’s home in Grant County, where the horse was no where to be found. Neighbors backed up the story that the emaciated horse photo did belong to Wolff.

“The horse was just skin and bones. There was pictures taken of the horse. To me, it was uncalled for,” said neighbor Randy Ketts.

Ketts said since the photo was posted, the horse has disappeared. Neighbors also say it’s not the first time his animals have been neglected. The neighbors say horses on his property are consistently starved–so they’re taking matters into their own hands.

“He doesn’t feed his animals and for several years now there have been several of us in the neighborhood buying hay, and horse feed and feeding them,” said neighbor Bill Runyan.

Grant County deputies were sitting at the Wolff home. They wouldn’t speak to WISH on camera, but did say they are conducting an ongoing investigation. They weren’t sure if or when charges would be filed. The Grant County prosecutor’s office said there was an investigation into Wolff’s care of his animals in 2010, but no charges were ever filed in that case.

All the neighbors say they hope this investigation will make the difference, and force Wolff to feed and water the animals.

WISH spoke with Tammy Wolff, Doug’s wife, who said they weren’t ready to comment at this time. She said they would comment at some point Monday, but have not yet called us back.

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