EAST FELICIANA PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Tim Travis was spending some quality time with his rescue horse Isaac on Sunday when he spoke to our News 9 camera. Tim is known in the Ethel community as a horse expert and animal lover, which is why he was contacted by the East Feliciana Sheriff's Department to care for a horse that investigators say was found badly neglected in late January. The horse was on a fenced-in property on Highway 67 near the East Feliciana and East Baton Rouge Parish line.
"Malnourishment, lack of worming. The horse was full of parasites according to the vet and the vet said he couldn't even give it a worm medicine until the horse started eating," said Travis.
According to Travis, the horse a ten month old colt, did eat a little but died the day after he began trying to nurse it back to health. Tim then contacted the Sheriff's Department and eventually Brian Miller was charged with felony aggravated animal cruelty.
"This horse was visibly not being fed properly but when you don't worm them and give them the proper vaccinations each year, it's just. The same thing could happen as not feeding them, they're going to pass away," added Travis.
Owning and caring for a horse can be financially demanding and often very time consuming and while there are many challenges of ownership, Tim says there are never any reasons for neglect.
"There's always someone that of you tell them I can't take care of the horse or the animal period, there's always someone that will take care of that animal. Give you what you need to take care of it or take it from you," said Travis.
He plans to testify at Miller's hearing later this summer and believes the entire incident could have been avoided.