Johns Island woman surrenders nine horses to authorities

A horse seized from Susan Rebecca Housley by Charleston County Animal Control is looked over by officers Friday. Two adult horses and a foal were removed then. On Tuesday, Housley voluntarily surrendered nine more horses.

Nine horses were voluntarily surrendered Tuesday to authorities by a Johns Island woman who on Friday was issued two citations for ill-treatment of an animal, officials said.

Those citations were related to the condition of two adult horses that were seized. A third horse, a foal, also was removed at the time because the mother was one of the horses removed, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Major Eric Watson said.

Susan Rebecca Housley of Plowground Road told the Sheriff’s Office through her attorney that she wanted to surrender the nine horses, Watson said.

Twelve horses have now been removed and the Charleston Animal Society is caring for all of the animals while they seek foster care situations for the animals. Charleston Animal Society does not have the facilities to care for large animals.

Seven horses remain on the property, Watson said.

Officials initially responded to the location after receiving an anonymous tip from a concerned citizen who said the animals were being neglected, according to a sheriff’s report.

Housley, a former College of Charleston riding instructor, had six horses taken from her property in 2010 by sheriff’s deputies, after claims of neglect were made. One of the animals, a stallion, was later returned.