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Animal Neglect Alleged Over Past Several Weeks in Carmi

Three horses have been rescued, another had to be euthanized, and six others are unaccounted for after a disturbing situation of potential animal neglect unfolded right under our noses here in Carmi over the last several weeks.  Those who have been involved in the situation are reporting the devastating shape some of the ten horses were in where an Indiana woman was found squatting at the White County Fairgrounds.  Those with knowledge of the circumstances say the woman, alleged to be Angela Sue Hileman, works in Darmstadt and was allegedly given permission to utilize the vacant barn by a Carmi woman who wasn’t authorized to give such an approval.  One of the horses that was saved by Heartland Equine Rescue suffered from a slab fracture on it’s knee.  The other two were chronically stall walking and all were skin and bones as evidenced by pictures WROY/WRUL News has obtained.  The horse that had to be euthanized had gotten down in its stall and was unable to regain it’s footing.  Both Dr. St. Ledger from Albion and Dr. Haley Edwards from the Carmi Vet Clinic were summoned to try to help the animals.  Hileman allegedly brought the animals to Carmi sometime in September and the situation wasn’t resolved until the weekend of November 12th.  We checked with White County Sheriff Randy Graves as the fairgrounds is technically not in the municipal jurisdiction.  He says no criminal charges are pending and the situation is resolved as far as he knows.

  1. Cathy
    November 18, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    This is absolutely horrible!!! As a horse lover/ animal lover.. this makes me sick. Thank God someone came forward and God Bless Heartland Equine Rescue. I hope the other horses were rescued by someone!!

  2. Mr ED
    Mr ED
    November 18, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    I’ve often said there is nothing better for the inside of the man, than the outside of the horse. …

    sad they went thta long without care

  3. Katie White
    Katie White
    November 19, 2022 at 9:48 am

    What I’d like to know is why was this woman squatting in the barn and why/how did she come to have so many horses with her? It’s horrible! Those beautiful animals deserve better, but also that woman if she’s in fact, homeless. We need more of the background here, please. Heartbreaking!

  4. Bob
    November 19, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    why aren’t there charges pending?!? who is footing the bill for their treatment/care? Is the humane Society informed? I think everone wouuld agree this kind of neglect is far more serious than a shoplifter in walmart. To ignor this is to encourage it . At the very least it should be illegal for this woman to own any type of animal in the future! Who is really in charge of the barn where they were kept? Why didn’t they know what was going on?

  5. Our raged
    Our raged
    November 19, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    Not criminal charges if I am correct this is a federal case it was passed several years ago that neglect to this extent is a fed level crime how can there be no charges for this. So now it’s okay to just starve our animals to a point if death. This is sickening to a whole new level

  6. Ginger M
    Ginger M
    November 20, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    No charges?? This is a crime!! I don’t get why there are no charges!! There certainly should be!!

  7. Kristo Trefftzs
    Kristo Trefftzs
    November 20, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    Why no charges

  8. Cobie vogler
    Cobie vogler
    November 21, 2022 at 12:21 am

    I think we should treat the people who did that to those animals just like the horses got treated scum of the earth

  9. Dirt Burgleton
    Dirt Burgleton
    November 21, 2022 at 7:44 am

    I bet if it was a gram of weed they would have slammed that person with charges p*** poor example of white county government not taking care of another scum crackhead literally taking advantage of a dumb loophole

    Poor animals, and you’re telling me she doesn’t deserve one charge?

  10. Nikolas Brown
    Nikolas Brown
    November 23, 2022 at 5:39 am

    Someone should’ve done their job and checked the d*** stables. Isn’t routine maintenance of an expanding fairground expected? The lady did nothing wrong


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