Associated Press

GREENWOOD — Greenwood County sheriff’s deputies have charged a woman with ill treatment of eight horses.

Deputies got an anonymous tip earlier this month and went to a pasture where they found six horses. Deputies say there were a couple of bales of hay on the ground but there was no grass in the pasture. There was no water on the property and a water bucket was empty, said Sgt. Mickey Boland.

There was no shelter on the property either, Boland said.

All six horses were in bad shape and two of them were in very bad condition, deputies said.

Deputies went to Shannon Gibson’s home and found two more horses in bad health. There was one bale of hay and two containers of dirty water at the home.

Deputies had been to the home in August about a horse in bad condition. An incident report said that Gibson told them she had contacted a veterinarian who told her how to nurse the horse back to good health.

The horses have been moved to several locations to receive care, Boland said.

Many people take on more animals than they can care for and are not aware that help is available, he said.

“They just continuously try to take care of the problem, and they don’t, and so who suffers, but the animals themselves,” Boland said.

It was not clear if Gibson has an attorney.