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Man, woman charged with animal cruelty in Witts End Quarter Horses investigation, Sheriff’s Office says

7 horses were seized; foal had ‘felony-level injuries,’ investigators say


A man and woman have been charged with cruelty to animals after seven horses were seized from Witts End Quarter Horses, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

The seized horses included a 3-month-old foal that “sustained felony-level injuries,” according to a news release.

Cumberland County Animal Services searched the property, located at 4849 Enniskillen Road in Fayetteville, and the horses were seized on Aug. 21.

The foal and its mother were transferred from Animal Services to an equine hospital on Aug. 23 because of the severity of the foal’s injuries, according to a county news release. 

A review of veterinary records showed that the foal sustained felony-level injuries, the release said.

Austin Wayne Simpson, 24, of Hope Mills, and Kylie Lenore Parker, 25, of Fayetteville, were each charged with cruelty to animals and felony conspiracy.

Simpson and Parker were booked at the Cumberland County Detention Center. Each received a $15,000 secured bond. Their first appearance in court was Friday afternoon, the release said.

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