Almost 60 severely neglected horses & 2 horse carcasses found in southern Iowa

EARLHAM, Iowa — Authorities have charged a south-central Iowa man after dozens of severely neglected horses — and 2 horse carcasses — were found on his property.

The Des Moines Register reports that the nearly 60 animals were found Thursday night at the Lemontree Welsh horse stable in Earlham.

Nine of the horses were taken in dire health to the Animal Rescue League headquarters in Des Moines. The rest remain on the stable grounds.

One horse was found with 21-inch hooves that had curled back into her front ankles. Most of the horses were malnourished with visible ribs and hip bones and extreme hair loss.

Jimmy Lee Lemon, co-owner of Lemontree Welsh, has been charged with three counts of livestock neglect and two counts of failure to dispose of animal remains.

Lemon did not immediately return a phone message left at his home Saturday.