SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says their Animal Control division seized more than a dozen horses from a farm in Summit Point after numerous complaints about the horses’ condition.

One deceased horse was discovered on the property March 1st.

The Sheriff’s office said a search warrant was executed Thursday at 1381 Leetown Road in Summit Point to “seize and secure animals under the suspicion of animal cruelty.”

A total of 13 horses were removed from the property. There were 9 mares and 4 foals. Each horse was examined by a veterinarian prior to being transferred to a safe location.

One deceased horse had been removed the previous day and has been taken for a necropsy to determine any injuries and cause of death.

“This is still an open, ongoing investigation,” according to the sheriff’s office. “Additional information will be provided after its completion.”

“Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Animal Control extends our thanks to: South Mountain Equine, Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Creamers Wrecker Service, the Swartz Family, and Susie Schramm for their time, support, and use of equipment.”