An alleged case of animal cruelty is creating quite the controversy. It's shaping up as a he-said she-said type disagreement and the former "cowboy commissioner" Tom Collins is throwing his hat into the argument.
21 horses and 43 chickens were removed from a property because Clark County Animal Control says they were being treated cruelly. Debbie Linihan says she boarded two horses at the property for several years but recently moved them due to an arguement with the owner, but not due to conditions. Linihan says, "there were absolutely no underfed horses, there was always water. I never saw any abuse with the horses."
Former Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins says the property owner has been warned multiple times by the county to bring the property up to code. Collins says, "the property is rundown, it's got some weeds, but that property is not, in my opinion negligent to the point where code enforcement has gone in there. Some of those horses are worth tens of thousands of dollars. Clark County Animal Control had no legal right to confiscate those horses."
Collins says the county only has jurisdiction if animals are loose or in clearly visible cruel conditions. Collins believes the horses are in great shape and the animals and their owners shouldn't be punished for issues between the county and the property owner as long as the animals are healthy. Collins says, "I can guarantee you, 1000% that the chickens that were running free on that property where happier than they are now in a building down a lied waiting to be ethanized."
After we spoke with former commissioner Collins, we contacted the county for their response. They have not yet had a chance to give us their side of the story.
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