More than a dozen horses seized from owner in Saline County

HARRISBURG, Ill. (KBSI) – The Saline County Sheriff’s Office seized several horses from their owner after it was deemed the owner failed to provide sufficient food, water and care for the animals.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture had previously cited James Kevin Griffith for failure to provide sufficient quantities of quality food and water, as well as failure to provide humane care and treatment, according to a joint news release from Saline County Sheriff Whipper Johnson and Saline County State’s Attorney Molly W. Kasiar.

A dead foal was found on Griffith’s property and the horses were seized by the sheriff’s office on July 12.

Saline County State’s Attorney Molly W. Kasiar filed a petition for forfeiture in the Circuit Court of Saline County and moved to have the horses forfeited pursuant to the Illinois Humane Care for Animals Act.

The animals were permanently forfeited to Saline County on Sept. 16.

After the animals were seized, a foal was born which makes 14 horses forfeited. Two additional foals are expected to be born within a week.

The horses are being cared for by a local facility.

The sheriff’s office is working to rehome the animals.

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