CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)— Kendra Wilson, 28, is charged with one count of animal cruelty. Wilson is still allowed to care for her other horses but the woman who reported it hopes that changes.
News 18 first talked to Tiffany Gibbs in early February when she reported Wilson's alleged cruelty.
"I couldn't even imagine one of these guys looking like that," said Gibbs.
She was talking about her own horses. She owns three horses, so she knows what they need to survive. She said that's why she was shocked to see Wilson's horses in such poor condition.
"They had no hay, no grain, no water, they were tied to trees in the front yard," said Gibbs.
Gibbs was hoping the Carroll County Sheriff's Office would take Kendra Wilson's animals but court documents show that isn't the case.
"So, the only one she is being charged for is the one that died?" she asked as she read the court documents.
Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby said because of due process, Wilson gets to keep her animals for the time being. The Indiana Board of Animal Health gave her a strict care plan. Leazenby said they're making sure she follows it but Gibbs wishes they could do more.
"She's not learning anything," said Gibbs. "You know, they're just putting the horses at risk further by allowing them to stay on that property or allowing her to have any part in their care."
Testing showed the dead horse's bone marrow fat was 0.29 percent. The normal range is 63-99 percent.
"How long would it take to emaciate a horse that badly?" asked Gibbs.
We didn't get the chance to get that answer because Wilson declined to comment Monday.
Wilson told deputies the horse died because it had its leg caught in the fence and couldn't get up.
But the officer reported no sign of injuries on the horse's legs other than the tissue tearing from the chains, according to the documents.
Wilson's initial hearing is May 10.
If she is convicted or pleads guilty, it would be up to the court whether she gets to care for horses again.