Two bodies of two decomposing horses were found Wednesday at the home of an Amherst County woman who is already facing animal neglect charges.

Nearly 30 animals have already been taken from the home of Gerri Butler. Three of those horses had to be euthanized.

Investigators say they had to call in outside contractors with heavy equipment to remove accumulated trash. During cleanup Wednesday, the bodies of two decomposing horses were found.

The horses are being removed, and deputies are collecting more evidence for additional charges.


An Amherst County woman is facing nearly 30 animal neglect charges after several animals were seized from her home.

Twelve horses, three dogs, three cats, and a donkey were taken from the home. After the animals were seized, three horses had to be euthanized.

Gerri Butler, 61, is charged with 29 counts of animal neglect/cruelty. She is scheduled to stand trial on June 5.

Deputies are still investigating county code violations for unsanitary conditions.

Here is the news release from the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office:

The Amherst County Sheriff's Office and Amherst County Animal Care and Control are investigating numerous ongoing complaints of animal neglect and county code violations on St Mary’s Road in the Lowesville area of north western Amherst County.

Following a lengthy investigation by Animal Control Deputies and an inspection by a large animal veterinarian, the decision was made to remove 12 horses, 1 donkey, 3 dogs and 3 cats. The animals were removed for several reasons. The owner, Ms. Gerri Butler elected to sign these animals over to the county.

In cases such as this, the owner is offered a choice of signing the animals over to the county, or having a seizure hearing with the courts.

Of the animals seized, three of the horses had to be euthanized due to extensive medical issues.

As a result of the investigation, Gerri (NMN) Butler, a 61 year old female of St Mary’s Road, was charged with 29 counts of Animal Neglect / Cruelty, 3 counts of not having the dog’s rabies vaccine, and 3 of no county dog tags. Ms. Butler has a May 20th advisement date and a trial date of June 5th.

Numerous county code violations are still being investigated relating to trash, refuse, and unsanitary conditions.

It is noted that county officials have been speaking with Ms. Butler and unsuccessfully trying to work toward a solution for some time before this event.