Equine autopsy shows horse died from starvation

A horse that died after concerned citizens tried to rescue it from a Louisville pasture apparently succumbed to starvation, according to a horse autopsy performed by the University of Tennessee.

Nina Margetson, executive director of the horse rescue group Horse Haven, said concerns of starvation were confirmed. “An equine autopsy has been performed, and we do have results, and it was due to starvation,” she said.

The horse was found on property in the 2200 block of Topside Road on March 9.

Steve Phipps with the Blount County Humane Society said the investigation is continuing. “I’ve had several meetings with the sheriff’s department and still have not come up with a conclusion,” he said. “I’ve got another meeting scheduled after we get more evidence.”

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