Franklin man arrested; Neglected horse in foster care

Photo courtesy of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office

A 48-year-old Franklin man was arrested Saturday on the charge of animal cruelty after a deputy investigating a report of animal cruelty found an emaciated horse with no access to food or water at a property on Bray Drive in Franklin.  The deputy also observed a wound on the horse’s muzzle.  Gene Well, Jr., of Franklin, was identified as the owner of the horse and was taken into custody around 3:42 p.m. on Saturday afternoon by the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office.  The Sheriff’s Office said the Cruelty Investigation Task Force was contacted to find a home for the neglected horse.  The task force assists law enforcement around the state in animal cruelty investigations and finds homes for the abused and neglected animals. The horse, nicknamed Red, was taken in and has a vet appointment scheduled at All Creatures Veterinary Hospital in New Iberia. Red will get treatment for the wound on his muzzle that was caused by an ill-fitting bridle and a full check-up.  Red is currently staying with a foster family in Patterson and is doing well after some much-needed grazing time. Anyone wishing to help out with the medical costs can contact All Creatures Veterinary Hospital at 337-365-1472.