This story was one that sadly came to life after the news had shown a story one night about 45 dead horse carcasses in a field, and 52 more in poor condition back in April. 5 felony counts of animal cruelty were charged amongst three people. Walter Mayfield (37), Robin Crandall (37), and Diane Robinson (74) were each charged with the 5 counts and were seen in court back in July. Sadly I cannot make heads or tails of everything, but I can only assume they were found guilty and each fined as most cruelty cases are in the end.
Worse yet, they said all the dead animals on the property had died of old age, and originally they had bought the horses to fatten them up and resell them. The DA said the case was about people who had gotten in over their heads, too. It was like one excuse after the other for these people, and it was coming from the DA himself.
No matter what, it is not OK to get in over your head and neglect the animals you purchased. I'm not saying sacrifice your right arm in the process, but at least do the responsible thing. 52 horses do not come in overnight, and neither does neglect. Everybody has a stopping point, it's recognizing it that seems to be the problem for most people. The only handicap anyone has is themselves, and it's the hardest one to overcome. Once you can do that, doing the responsible thing becomes a little easier to do each day.
More information on the case can be found here and here.