Man charged after horses found scattered in pieces

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – UPDATE 4/12/19 @ 9:30 p.m.
A man from Huntington faces two felony animal cruelty death charges after the remains of two horses were found on his property, Cabell County court records show.

David Kirby, 61, of Huntington, was arrested and arraigned Friday.

In early March, animal control investigated neglect of two horses in the 3000 block of 8th Street Road. Officers returned a few days later to seize the horses, and the suspect claimed the horses were gone.

With Kirby’s consent, animal control officers searched the property and found the horses in scattered pieces, including part of a head and legs. Officers say it wasn’t possible to determine how they died.

Officers also seized four dogs from the property. They’re in the care of Huntington Animal Control. Officers say the investigation is ongoing.

Kirby's bond was set at $15,000.

Kirby, presumably out on bond, was at the animal shelter Friday evening visiting his dogs.

He declined to comment for WSAZ on the charges he's facing.

"If you get into a situation where you can't feed your animals, you should reach out for help and see if we can either provide the assistance you need or connect you to someone who can, a rescue group or another agency who can help," Cabell Wayne Animal Control Shelter director Courtney Proctor cross said.

Kirby is due in court April 19 for his preliminary hearing.

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