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      Country music legend to adopt abused horses

      Elizabeth Steed and Whisper (File photo/WCIV)

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV)-- Two horses, rescued from a Summerville man who has been charged with starving and burning the animals, have found a new home with the "Red Headed Stranger."Country music legend Willie Nelson has agreed to adopt the horses, named Whisper and Traveler, and bring them to his ranch in Texas.According to Nelson's website, he will use the rescued horses' story to "advocate for humane treatment of equines." Helping horses has been a cause of Nelson's for many years.On March 1, Whisper and Traveler were rescued and brought to the Livestock and Equine Awareness and Rescue Network out in Meggett.Whisper had toxic chemicals poured on his back and he was still burning when he was brought to the LEARN facility."This is certainly the most horrific injury case that we've taken in, something that was inflicted on the horse by a human." said LEARN founder Elizabeth Steed. "This is the worst we've ever seen and I've been doing this for 30 years so that says a lot."Steed also said that the wounds on the horses were not fresh, that they had been suffering for some time.According to Berkeley County Animal Control, the previous owner of the horses,{}Dwight McCloud, is being charged with three counts of failure to provide care or treatment for a diseased or injured animal, three counts of failure to provide humane treatment to animals, and one count of failure to provide adequate food and water. Penalties for each charge include a fine of more than $1,000 or up to 30 days in jail.According to Nelson's website, the animals will not be moved until they have recovered.

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