Once neglected horse killed by SUV near Summerville

  • Monday, September 24, 2012

A car crashed into a horse Sunday night on Old Dairy Road.
The horse belongs to a man – Dwight McCloud – who received several horse neglect charges earlier this year when four of his horses were starved nearly to death and one was severely burned and had a maggot infestation.
Berkeley County Animal Control seized two of those horses in February and brought them to LEARN Horse Rescue in Meggett, where they have been recovering since March.
The other two horses remained in the owner’s possession. One of the two remaining horses got out under unknown circumstances Sunday and was hit by a 2008 Ford SUV, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol Cpl. Bob Beres.
“There’s a vehicle that was traveling east on Old Dairy Road and the horse ran into the roadway in front of the unit and collided with the vehicle,” Beres said. “I don’t know what the situation was, but the horse got out.”
The collision occurred at 9:35 p.m. Sunday, according to Beres.
Beres said the driver of the vehicle, the sole person in the SUV, is from Summerville and was not injured or transported to a medical center. He said the crash caused about $2,000 in damage to the vehicle and did not total it.
At 10:10 p.m. McCloud was seen pulling the horse off the side of the road with a tractor, according to a witness on the scene who asked not to be identified.
The Independent filed a S.C. Freedom of Information Act with the SCHP to obtain the incident report, which had not been returned as of press time.
LEARN Horse Rescue Director Elizabeth Steed said she hoped what she heard was a rumor until she saw the incident report regarding the death of the horse.
“This to me was so preventable,” Steed said. “That other horse needs to be seized. I talked to Dwight McCloud after court and offered to buy that horse from him.”
In April a Berkeley County magistrate judge fined McCloud $5,462.50 on the following seven charges: three counts of failure to provide care or treatment for a diseased or injured animal; three counts of failure to provide humane treatment to animals; and one count of failure to provide adequate food and water.
Steed expressed her disappointment in Berkeley County Animal Control’s reaction to the initial situation in February.
“For this horse to die . . . if you’re not going to do your job you should not be getting paid with taxpayer dollars,” she said.
“The animal control officer said she didn’t know much about horses and that’s why she didn’t seize it. That’s just common sense. That horse was starved to death. He was within 24 to 48 hours of not being able to survive.
“The burn and the maggots . . . he smelled so bad you couldn’t stand within 10 feet of him without having a gag reflex. I’ll put in a call to them and let them know we’ll be happy to take the other horse.
“It’s so heartbreaking. This is a horrible injustice to this county.”
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