John Jackson Grimes was charged with misdemeanor unlawful confinement or abandonment of an animal in early August.
Now, according to the State Attorney’s Office, the charge against him has been upgraded a felony animal abuse charge of causing cruel death, pain and suffering.
He was re-arrested and released from the Escambia County Jail on bond with a condition that he no possess any animals.
Escambia County Animal Control, Panhandle Equine Rescue and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office seized three severely malnourished horses from a property in the 2500 block of Highway 168, near Shaw Road, near Century on May 27, 2015.
According to court documents in the case, two of the horses had bones that were projecting and visible due to malnourishment. The horses were unable to graze due to a lack of grass in their quarter of an acre enclosure.
It appeared that the horses had no water and no one caring for them for some time.
The horses were rehabilitated by Panhandle Equine Rescue.
He was released from the Escambia County Jail on a $10,000 bond and with a judge’s order to not possess any animals.
(NorthEscambia.com - Sept 9, 2016)