NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The animal abuse-related case against the owner of a horse-drawn carriage company has been dismissed after the key witness failed to appear in court.

The Tennessean reports a Davidson County judge tossed two citations filed against American Melody Carriage owner Melody Robinson upon learning the person who reported seeing a thin horse working this summer wasn’t present Wednesday.

Metro Animal Care and Control cited Robinson July 19 after seeing a viral photo depicting a thin horse, taken by Preshias Harris. Officers issued citations for overworking an underweight animal and failure to provide vet care for another underweight horse with a foot abscess.

Metro Nashville Department of Law Director Jon Cooper says animal control officers were prepared to testify, but supported the dismissal since Robinson had made significant progress in care.

Information from: The Tennessean,

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