Three dead horses that had been laying on a property for weeks in Hohenwald were buried on Monday, just hours before the property owner would have otherwise been arrested.
The first dead horse was reported on the property in late November, and since then two more horses passed away, and 11 other animals were rescued from the property.
In the state of Tennessee, it is law that owners must bury their dead animals to avoid the spread of disease.
The property owners were notified on Monday that they needed to bury the horses that day, or they would be cited and arrested.
The property owner had trouble coming up with the money to pay someone to bury the animals, but eventually they got ahold of Conner’s Construction, who offered to help them.
“This guy called us and said if we didn’t get them (horses) buried within a hour and a half, two hours, they were gonna lock her up.” Paul Conner of Conner’s Construction, said.
“A lot of times people don’t have the money if they’re having trouble with the horses.” Ernest Conner of Conner’s Construction added.
The two brought out their truck, pulled the backhoe out, and took care of the property.
“We didn’t want to see nobody locked up over something like this.” Paul Conner said.
While the horses are now buried, some neighbors are still concerned about their water supply.
Many of the homes in the area use wells for their water, and they said they plan to test their water to make sure the horse carcasses did not contaminate the water.