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Father and son charged with animal cruelty in Dawson Springs

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An animal cruelty case in under investigation in Hopkins County after authorities say malnourished horses were discovered, and one of them had to be shot.

After a long investigation, officials with the Hopkins County Humane Society and Sheriff's Department made a gruesome discovery of animal neglect to several horses.

Officials say Phillip Sizemore and his son, Phillip Hagan Sizemore, of Dawson Springs, have been charged with second-degree cruelty to animals.

The Hopkins County Humane Society had received several complaints and the final straw was when one horse had to be shot by a Hopkins County Sheriff Detective due to its poor condition.

Officials also cited the owners had fed the horse a pint of whiskey.

"One of the horses had fallen for whatever reason and was in such poor shape and left out for so long, lying in pasture, that it unfortunately had to be put down," says Charles Gentry.

According to court records, the father and son will be in court on May 22, 2013.

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