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Emaciated horse gets new home, hope

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RIPLEY COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

A Ripley County horse at the center of a divorce is alive and will be given a permanent home in Carter County.

It's a situation, authorities say it complicated, yet not grounds to let an animal suffer.

Viewers asked us to find out more about a very thin horse in Ripley County. Several viewers sent in pictures of the emaciated horse, asking us for information.

A veterinarian examined the horse Tuesday evening.  The vet gave the horse a Coggins test to make sure it doesn't have any diseases and can be around other animals, according to Ripley County Sheriff Ron Barnett.

It is 26 years old, and needs a special diet. But, the vet believes with proper care it could live.

After seven days, if the test comes back OK, the horse will be boarded with a woman who lives off M Highway.  This is until a woman in Carter County can give the horse a permanent home.

Pictures of the horse were taken off Highway K near Doniphan on land apparently belonging to Greg Greenwood.

"He says the horse belongs to his ex-wife, and she has had 90 days to remove it. That's coming up in September," said Sheriff Barnett.

Barnett says he contacted Mr. Greenwood's ex-wife about the situation.

"I advised her the animal needs to be in the care of a vet who knows how to deal with it. I was told it's 25 years old and has no teeth," said Sheriff Barnett. "No matter what I don't want to see any animal go hungry."

Sheriff Barnett says the ex-wife found the boarder and the permanent home.

He believes the horse has a good chance to survive.

No charges have been filed.

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