5 horses seized after tip about 'unhealthy' conditions in Chichester
Northfield horse photo Volunteers from Live and Let Live Farm in Chichester have named one of the horses rescued from a Northfield farm "Neptune" in honor of the the Allied Invasion of Europe on D-Day. (Ryan O'Connor)
"When animals come from bad situations, we leave their past behind when we bring them in," said Teresa Paradis, executive director at Live and Let Live Farm.
Northfield police Sgt. Michael Hutchinson said neither Southwick nor part-time farm caretaker Harold Kelley are likely to face charges. Investigators will, however, consider the actions of the horses' owners, who boarded the animals at Southwick's, Hutchinson said.
"The barn was dirty. I'll admit it," he said. "But without extra help, there was only so much I could do."
"If it was a matter of taking the horses out of the barn, that could have been remedied," he said. "But this has been blown out of the water way more than it should have been."
"The living conditions in the barn they lived in was horrendous ... the odor was unbelievable ... and your eyes burned," she said.
Paradis said her farm will be prepared should any additional animals need to be placed. The farm is a nonprofit organization operated by hundreds of volunteers, dozens of whom helped with the Northfield seizure.
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