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No Charges Expected After Horse Rescue Near Coopersville


COOPERSVILLE, MI (WHTC) - A byproduct of the torrential rains last week may have been the rescuing of some horses from a farm east of Coopersville.

According to Ottawa County Sheriff’s Detective Lieutenant Mark Bennett, an animal control officer responded when a neighbor called 911 last Thursday, saying that some equines were in standing water at a field off of Cleveland Street near Sand Creek. Working with the unnamed property owner, the officer was able to move the horses to higher ground and provide food and water. After noticing the conditions of the animals, the officer had an area vet come to the scene the next morning to look at the 18 horses, including a dead one whose body was left lying in the field. That death may have come from a lightning strike, stress from rising waters, or the animal's age.

After reviewing the investigative report, the county prosecutor's office declined to press any charges against the owner, but the vet involved and the animal control officer will be working with the owner on various measures to ensure the future health of the horses in his care.