Animal Control Removes Three Horses From Cantonment Property During Investigation

September 19, 2019

Three malnourished horses were surrendered to Escambia County Animal Control this week after an investigation.

The horses were removed from Meander Lane off Highway 297A in Cantonment and are currently being cared for by  Panhandle Equine Rescue (PER).

Hana Frenette, Escambia County spokesperson, said the Animal Control  investigation is still active and charges may be forthcoming.

PER President Diane Lowery said the horses — Sassy, Montana and Legend — will have a vet check on Friday. She said Sassy and Montana are both having some difficulty breathing, and all three horses are malnourished.

The only horse rescue in Escambia County, the non-profit Panhandle Equine Rescue was founded by a small group of concerned citizens with a mission to rescue, rehabilitate and provide adoption services for abused, neglected and abandoned equines. PER is authorized by the court system to investigate equine cruelty cases in Escambia County.

For more information on Panhandle Equine Rescue and how to donate to the organization visit The group is specifically seeking donations to help with the care of the three horses.

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15 Responses to “Animal Control Removes Three Horses From Cantonment Property During Investigation”

  1. J on September 20th, 2019 10:56 pm

    What actually happened ? Did the horse owner become ill and could no longer care for these horses?

  2. Bill on September 20th, 2019 8:52 pm

    Now is the time to dig into your wallet or purse find that extra dollar and give it to the people that make a difference for these animals please give the help is truly appreciated!!!!!

  3. John Doe on September 20th, 2019 12:46 pm

    this is disgusting. these people will probably just get fines and a slap on the wrist. they need to go to jail for awhile and think about it.

  4. SUNSHINE on September 20th, 2019 10:25 am

    I would LOVE one of these beautiful horses. I have 2 acers . I have owned , loved an spoiled the 2 I had , Horses are
    special and loving. SHAME ON THE OWNERS.

  5. Jeannie Wilkinson on September 19th, 2019 12:59 pm


  6. Henrietta Elston on September 19th, 2019 12:48 pm

    So sad to see such beautiful animals be treated so mean!! Bet the owners have plenty to eat!!

  7. Holly Gray on September 19th, 2019 10:31 am

    OMG… I know right where this is and Sassy was one of my horses that I owned and sold to the gentleman back in 2006i think. I would love to come out and see her!

  8. Horse owner on September 19th, 2019 9:34 am

    I, myself, have taken in several like this over the yrs..I always find homes for them once they are improved and I have knowledge of their temperament and behavior, so as to place them accordingly.. Other than the most recent half starved case that I have currently, the last time I took in a pair from Mississippi that was absolutely on deaths door.. I was shocked when they backed off the trailer. More shocked that the biggest one was still standing undr his own power!!! The THANKS I got was 10 days later, Animal control knocking on the door.. It took less than 5 minutes of the tour for the AC to realize the pair were in fact rescued, as the others I have were in excellent condition…even borderline FAT ,and it was the end of November…But I was so disheartened about it that I almost did not take in the 1 that I have now. But the more I thought about. I decided that I would take him, and anymore in the future that need help or homed. I’m NOT gonna stop just bc I’m not a recognized “RESCUE”..!! Horses bring me happiness.. I could not sit down at my table to eat, while looking at a skeleton standing outside, HUNGRY.. If u don’t LOVE them. Don’t get them!!

  9. molino resident on September 19th, 2019 9:33 am

    How disgusting when we see over and over again animals getting abused, children getting abused and the elderly getting abused. There is no excuse for this. Thank you to the good neighbor who did not turn a blind eye and turned the owner(s) in. All neighbors should do the same when they see something like this. Now, lets see how the courts handle this. A slap on the hand is not enough punishment.

  10. Debra zakoa on September 19th, 2019 9:02 am

    So happy these horses were rescued..THANK ALL SO MUCH.. STARVATION IS A PAINFUL DEATH

  11. Kim gallagher on September 19th, 2019 8:28 am

    There will be a fund raiser trail ride for PER coming up on October 19th at the Coldwater Recreation Park in Milton Florida. Please join us for a day of fun and riding to help raise monetary funds for this group so they can continue to assist our community with the rehabilitation of rescued horses!!! See PER Facebook page for more information

  12. mike on September 19th, 2019 7:18 am

    OMG, people need to learn to care for their animals or not have them. :(

  13. Horse lover on September 19th, 2019 6:09 am

    This happens over an over an it’s so sad.if you cant feed horses dont get takes money to care for a large animal.people let them starve without asking for help an the judges slap the people on the hand.the laws are not stiff enough for animal abusers.yes they beautiful but it cost money to feed them.ive seen skinny horses at sales but at least some people take them there for people to buy instead of starving them.shame on people that can stand there an look at these animals that are starving.breaks my heart looking at these beautiful horses.

  14. fltom on September 19th, 2019 4:53 am

    Just because you own 5 acres and a barn does not justify owning a horse. All animals require a commitment of both time and money…If you cannot provide both, pass on the horses. Thanks again Diane and troops for coming to the rescue.

  15. Cantonment Citizen on September 19th, 2019 2:39 am

    I don’t own any horses but have always enjoyed watching them run, play and take care of their young. Such beautiful animals. This makes me sick. If a person can’t afford to care for their pets or animals, they should get help for them. Starving them to death is not a solution. My thanks to whomever notified the authorities.

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