Jamie Oberg, News 9
PIEDMONT, Oklahoma – A Piedmont woman who agreed to surrender 12 horses to police rather than face charges of neglect may or may not be able to get them back.
Friends said the horses were improperly taken in the first place and the owner was under the impression she would have the opportunity to get them back.
Piedmont police said neighbors of Peggy Davis lodged nine complaints about horses being neglected on her place. Davis runs a carriage company in Bricktown. Her employees said she is not being treated fairly and the horses were just fine.
"They look better than half the horses in Piedmont," carriage driver, Homer Boren said. Boren steered horse carriages for ten years in Bricktown, before a heart attack behind the reigns sidelined him last February.
"Those two horses saved my life," Boren said. "They took me down the street to get help. Normal horses wouldn't do that."
Homer says the horses are just as special to his boss, their owner, Peggy Davis.
"They take care of the horses. They get fed twice a day and she's never mistreated any of the horses," Boren said.
But police said the town vet checked them out from the fence line and said they were malnourished, had no hay and needed hoof maintenance.
"Half the horses in Piedmont need hoof care and need their teeth taken care of," Boren said.
The vet's opinion led police to offer Davis a deal: sign over her 12 horses or face neglect charges. Police said she signed them over. The department showed pictures from the day the horses were handed over.
Boren said it was how the horses were taken that worries them.
"A word of warning to anybody in Piedmont: If you own horses and your neighbor wants them, all you have to do is get a bunch of people to call," he said. "Piedmont police will seize them and there's nothing you can do about it."
Police said Peggy can adopt her horses back from Blaze's Equine Rescue, if she can prove she can take care of the horses.
A spokesman at the horse rescue said all of the horses have been put into private foster homes and three have already been adopted permanently.