GRANT COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – Many people in Marion are upset about what they believe to be another case of animal neglect in Grant County.
24-Hour News 8 received several calls and emails saying another horse died on the same property authorities investigated for neglect back in April.
Several neighbors and the Marion-Grant County Humane Society told authorities a sick horse was being neglected on Doug Wolff’s land.
“The animals shouldn’t have to sit out there and suffer,” said Brenda Volmer with the humane society.
On Friday, state and local investigators received a search warrant and took two veterinarians to the property.
“They examined the horses, as well as the food supply that was available, and it was determined that one horse was in very bad health and needed to be euthanized,” said Grant County Prosecutor Jim Luttrull.
Wolff’s wife says the horse had a heart murmur and they did all they could to help her.
But not everyone believes that.
“You have horses literally dying and no one will take them off the property,” said Volmer.
Investigators were at the property in April when photos of a horse that appeared to be starving started making the rounds online. An investigation revealed that the horse was sick because it had a parasite. No criminal charges were filed.
Wolff said he has been investigated several times, but he has done nothing wrong.
“Every time everything has been ‘no problem,’ legitimate. People need to understand that unfortunately animals have problems and some get sick and die,” said Doug Wolff.
Still, hundreds of people have shared the story on Facebook, complaining about animal cruelty on the property.
“It’s not fair to the animals, it’s not fair to the people who have to watch that every day,” said Volmer.
“It’s something that’s been ongoing for years. I believe certain people maybe have too much free time on their hands, said Wolff.
Luttrull encouraged anyone with information to come forward, but also put out a reminder that social media isn’t always the best place to find reliable information.
“People are obviously concerned and well-meaning, some are well-informed and some are not,” said Luttrull.
Luttrull told 24-Hour News 8 he should know whether or not Wolff will face criminal charges sometime next week. Community members have scheduled a meeting for next Tuesday to talk about how to help the horses.