Man Faces Animal Abuse And Cruelty Charges

Dale County authorities are in the process of finding foster homes for three horses. They are the focus of an animal abuse case.

One horse has a serious infection, and authorities say all three show severe signs of starvation an active warrant has been issued for the owner:

A concerned neighbor reportedly told authorities about the condition of the animals.

They are located on a field in Newton. Once alerted, Dale County Sheriff's Department investigators determined that the horses were being neglected.

An arrest warrant is expected to be served Tuesday on Michael Kovach.

The 57-year-old owns the animals, and is reportedly out-of-town at this time he'll face three-counts of animal cruelty:

At this time, Dale/Geneva County District Attorney Kirke Adams says a vet is determining the health of several other horses found on the property.

Sheriff's department authorities are asking that Mr. Kovach surrender to them as soon as possible.

Adams says his office takes very seriously any animal abuse cases taking place in his jurisdiction.


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  • by renae Location: dothan on Aug 21, 2007 at 02:49 PM
    i read the article in the eagle today about this horrific thing and was stunned. how can these people do that to poor innocent animals? from what i understand from wtvy and the eagle only mr. kovach has a warrant out for his arrest. mr. D.A. and sheriff's depart. why doesn't his wife have one out for her too?
  • by Zack Location: Dothan on Aug 21, 2007 at 01:36 PM
    I agree with 1st comment. His wife needs to be HELD accountable also. This is just too awful. It saddens my heart terribly.
  • by Kathy Location: Headland on Aug 21, 2007 at 11:59 AM
    Michael Kovach's wife, Jennifer Gamble Kovach, should also be arrested in addition to him since she resides in their home full-time. She passes by the horses EVERY SINGLE DAY leaving for work and coming home. The horses sre fenced in right in front of their house. She is often outside and obviously sees the horses each day. Both should be held responsible since they purchased them together presumably.
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