Tifton Gazette

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April 4, 2013

Nationwide concern for horse

Animal Control issues statement on mare that gave birth to twins

TIFTON — The mare named “Baby Girl,” owned by Mayo and Lori Tucker of Tifton, who gave birth to twin foals Easter morning has caused a lot of controversy with concerns from people from all across the United States who say the horse appears to be malnourished after seeing photos of the animal on the Internet.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter has received more than 100 calls from across the United States from horse owners and lovers since Wednesday afternoon, says Regenia Wells, director of the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter/Animal Control.

She said she and three inspectors with the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Equine Division went to the home of the owners Thursday morning and again that afternoon. She said the mare is under a veterinarian’s care.

“The vet is working on her and gave her antibiotics. She’s on a eating program. We’ll look after her,” Wells said. “We’ll just take it one day at a time.”

She said both the local animal control and the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Equine Division will be monitoring the mare. She noted that the foals are “real healthy.”

She said all three horses will remain with their owners.

In response to other inquiries about the Tuckers possibly receiving any citations, etc., Wells said she was not at liberty to discuss the matter any further.

She released the following statement in an e-mail to The Gazette Thursday afternoon, “Within 24 hours of this story airing on our local news, the Tifton-Tift County Animal Control director and the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Equine Protection agents responded to the residence. The owners are cooperating and all of the horses are now under a veterinarian’s care. We appreciate the outpouring of concern and want to assure you, we work diligently to prevent animal cruelty. Please rest assured this situation will be closely monitored, but due to the ongoing investigation, information is confidential at this time.”

To contact reporter Latasha Everson, call 382-4321.

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