Horse seized from Maryville farm dies

Horse seized from Maryville farm dies

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Pugsley was roughly 300 pounds underweight at the time of his death. Pugsley was roughly 300 pounds underweight at the time of his death.

MARYVILLE (WATE) - One of the horses seized from a Maryville farm during an abuse investigation has died.

Pugsley, a 15-month-old horse, died Friday after taking a turn for the worse overnight.

Nina Margetson of Horse Haven said the horse's blood sugar dropped, he had stopped eating and was unable to rise on his own.

After deliberating, the decision was made to humanely euthanize the horse to end his suffering.

Before his death, the horse weighed only 500 pounds. 800 pounds is a typical weight for a horse of his age.

Pugsley was among seven severely malnourished horses that were taken from the property of James Ford Jr. in Blount County last Thursday.

University of Tennessee's Vet School worked to rehabilitate the horse prior to his death.

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