Beaufort Co. Man Charged With Animal Cruelty: He Did Not Beat Horse

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

WITN spoke to a man charged with abusing his horse after riding it into Bath in Beaufort County last month. He admits he hit the horse, but says it is not a case of animal cruelty.

Scott Southerland of Pinetown is charged with misdemeanor cruelty to animals. The sheriff's department says they got a report Southerland hit the horse several times with a fishing rod while in the parking lot of a business in bath. Southerland tells WITN he did not beat the horse but he did use the fishing rod as a "crop" to get the horse under control.

Southerland was arrested Monday and his bond was set a $5,000. The court ordered the horse to be returned to Southerland.

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