Warning: This story may disturb some readers.
Georgia Wilson, of Maryville, Illinois, a veterinarian at Webster Groves Animal Hospital, has been charged with seven counts of animal abuse and three counts of violating owner’s responsibility. The seven counts of animal abuse involve dogs, and the three counts of violating owner’s responsibility involve horses.
Police were called to Wilson’s property after a horse escaped. When they returned the horse, police say that they discovered three horses in poor condition and four living dogs in poor condition.
Officers also say that there were seven dogs that were found abused, and three of those dogs were dead.
Police say that all of the animals were not properly fed or given water. The kennels were overgrown with weeds, and larvae were found in the horses’ water.
Prosecuting attorneys say Wilson went on vacation on July 26. She left her seventeen-year-old daughter to care for the animals. Charges are being considered against the daughter because police say that she did not properly care for the animals. The abuse and neglect was discovered on August 4.
Officers say that the horrible conditions existed before Wilson left for vacation, and were part of the normal operations on her property.
Wilson was taken into custody after the police discovered the animals. Her bond was set at $100,000.
The animal hospital has placed Wilson on leave until the case has been settled. A hospital administrator said that Wilson has been a good doctor and has never shown any cruelty or abuse towards her patients.