By Nick Austin, Meteorologist / Reporter - bio | email
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- A veterinarian will take a look at some horses in Bledsoe County Friday, which neighbors fear are starving. We first brought you the story Thursday. It's clear the horses weren't suffering, but what wasn't clear is if it was deliberate.
Jonna Altman said she runs a rescue and she claimed someone is poisoning her horses. Friday, the sheriff and a member of the UT-Ag Extension, along with a regional veterinarian, will determine what kind of case they're dealing with.
They'll examine the horses to check, among other things, for signs of starvation, such as the horses' ribs or hips sticking out into their skins. They'll also examine their teeth and look for parasites, cuts, or wounds. Because Altman made the claim of intentional poisoning, they'll search for the tell-tale sign: blood in the urine.
Once the checkup is complete, the veterinarian will write a letter to the sheriff if animal cruelty is suspected. Then proper action can be taken to save the horses.