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Crowndale Court Animal Abuse Update
Three people have been arrested in Escambia County charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty.
Randolph Rigby, Casey Ahl, and Rebecca Ahl face multiple charges including causing cruel death, pain, and suffering of animals.
Several horses, goats, and donkeys were seized from their property on Crowndale Court in Cantonment.
This is 12-year-old ebony. She was one of the horses rescued from that property on Crowndale Court. hard to imagine that 6 weeks ago, she couldn't stand up on her own.
This is video taken of ebony when she first arrived at the Panhandle Equine Rescue. Ebony was so weak and malnourished. She couldn't walk. Fast forward six weeks later, Ebony is now walking on her own, and on the road to recovery.
"It breaks my heart... how someone could let it get to this point?"
President of the Panhandle Equine Rescue, Diane Lowery says when Ebony first arrived she was emaciated and anemic. Lowery says Ebony wasn't used to eating big amounts of food, and had to gradually be introduced to grains and hay.
"She's getting her energy now... her personality is starting to come out now"
Pages and pages of notes show officers had been investigating the property on Crowndale Court since December. Officers say the animals were in bad shape, many of the horses were so thin you could see their bones. Others had marks on their bodies that looked like rain rot. Officers also found a dead horse when they first arrived. Witnesses told officers the horse had been dead for at least three days.
"It's very upsetting... it's just very heart breaking"
After repeated visits, Escambia County animal control seized 6 horses, two donkeys, and eight goats. One of the horses later died. The rest of the animals, like Ebony, are being cared for.
"She will be up for adoption. It'll be another month or two before she's ready"
Randolph Rigby, Casey Ahl, and Rebecca Ahl have their first court appearnce May first.