Justice for Horses Starved to Death


Target: Chris Connolly, Lauderdale County District Attorney

Goal: Obtain justice for severely neglected horses who were left to starve to death

Recently, a man from Lauderdale, Alabama was charged with several counts of animal abuse when his home investigation revealed several dead and severely malnourished horses. The cruel treatment that the horses allegedly endured at the hands of this man are inexcusable, and punishment must be enacted to bring about justice.

The investigation of 65-year-old Horace Mearl White’s yard was initiated when one of his neighbors called the Lauderdale county’s animal control because one of White’s horses escaped into their yard. The escaped horse was in such bad condition that it had to be euthanized.

The County District Attorney Chris Connolly issued a search warrant on White’s property the next day after the call from the neighbor. When authorities responded to White’s 10-acre property, they discovered 15 horses in various states of malnourishment and mistreatment, and 16 horse carcasses. This discovery lead to White’s arrest on 32 counts of alleged animal cruelty. Horace White was then duly ordered into the Lauderdale County Detention Center.

According to the Lauderdale county’s animal control officer Dwayne Oliver, this case “…is probably one of the largest (animal cruelty cases) we’ve had as far as horses.” Officials have stated that the pasture in which the animals were kept was also used as a junkyard, and the horses’ water source was full of green algae.

The 15 horses that survived are being treated. After the horses are brought back to health standards, they will be put up for adoption.

There is no place for such horrid acts of animal cruelty to take place. Perpetrators of animal cruelty need to be treated harshly to deter them from committing further acts of animal abuse, as well as to dissuade other potential animal tormentors from committing such acts. Please sign the petition below to urge the District Attorney to push for a heavy sentence for this horse tormentor in the event that he is convicted of the crime, and ensure that he does not repeat any acts of animal abuse.


Dear Chris Connolly,

It was shocking to read about Horace Mearl White’s animal cruelty case. Animal cruelty acts such as White’s should never occur in the first place, especially at such a high degree. The cruel treatments that the horses had endured in the hands of this man are inexcusable, and punishment must be enacted harshly to bring justice to the abused horses.

Please ensure that Horace Mearl White receives a heavy sentence to guarantee that he will never commit another act of animal cruelty again.


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  1. I thinks it’s terrible that a human being can be so cruel, by the way I’m talking to every abuser out there…how can a person forget to feed horses they are big beautiful creatures And I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…..a life for a life….now I’m not a cold hearted Person because I do have feeling but lately my feelings are going Towards animals and children. I think the “horse killer” should bury his dead horses,and then Spend time in jail and I don’t mean 6 months, that’s just a slap on the wrist, maybe our “horse killer” should spend ( I would think 5yrs inside should do him good.)some time away from animals, children heck everybody. He should learn what it’s like not to eat, i’ve always Lived by this rule….if you kill something or someone then your life should end also if you molest or rape someone then you should be raped over and over, just so You know and realize what you’ve done, well I’ve said what I’ve had to say all I hope is that the animals get justice for the cruelty that was put on them,i hope attorneys and the judge gets to read these letter. Take care of your animals and god bless, the horses are in heaven, fat, healthy and their running around A great big feild, no more pain. Thanks alice from canada!

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