Worth county horse accident

The remains of a Ford truck after colliding with a horse. / Jessica Fairley

It's a complicated story involving a former Worth County employee, her beloved horse, and the Worth County commission.

In an editorial, Marilynn Mims accused the Worth County Commission of sabotaging her job and accused Animal Control of neglecting to follow protocol.

The controversy has divided the commission. Two members have sided with Mims, while the remaining three stands united.

When it comes to the story behind the death of Mims' beloved horse "Tarbaby," commissioners say it's time for the truth to come out.

On the 9th of October, a call was placed to 911 stating a horse had been severely attacked by a dog.

The owner, Marilynn Mims had found the animal covered in blood, struggling to walk but after the call, she says Animal Control never showed.

"I contacted commissioners who told me if the attacking animal was not on scene to just make a follow up call," said Worth County Animal Control Worker Sherri Hendley.

So she did as instructed and went to the scene later. Little did she know, this action was the beginning of a war between the horse owner, Animal Control, and the Worth County Commission.

"We have been called stupid and stupid and stupider by two commissioners and this girl. This is an ex-employee of this county," said Worth County Commission District 3 Representative Bettye Bozeman.

But Bozeman says the allegations of neglect aren't true and in fact the whole story is far from it. She says it wasn't a dog that attacked the animal.

"I'm fixing to show you all a picture of the truck that was involved. Here's the brown bull dog. It is a 92 Ford Ranger truck," revealed Bozeman.

She had received a call after allegations surfaced stating that indeed 18-year-old Shane Rady had hit the horse and the damaged truck held all the proof.

When officials found the truck on Meadows Road they knew it was the cause of death because they found the horse's hair lodged in the window.

"Tarbaby," the beloved horse, went through the front windshield, frightening the young driver.

After negative accusations surfaced against Animal Control, the teens parents knew they had to speak up.

Now that the Worth County commissioners have proof that there was no dog to be found, they say this case should be closed.

Since the horse was in the road when the accident happened, the 18-year-old will not be charged with any crime in the incident.