Horses found 153-333lbs underweight and suffering dental and other health problems

*SPCA: Owner was warned in July to see a veterinarian but a meal plan prescribed to them was not followed

Five horses found bony, diseased and malnourished have been rescued from a Delaware farm three months after authorities say their owner was warned to take better care of them.

Found 153 to 333 pounds underweight suffering now long-term dental and other health problems, the horses' discovery came after SPCA officers in Camden received an anonymous call last week reporting their dangerous conditions.

The four mares and single gelding between four and 14 years of age were removed from the farm last Wednesday.

Their owner, who has not been identified, faces numerous charges of animal cruelty.

It was only last July according to the Kent County SPCA that the owner was ordered to provide nutritional and dental care for the horses.

The owner complied with that order to seek veterinary care and received a specific nutrition plan to put the horses on a path of recovery, SPCA Major Brian Whipple told Delaware Online.

They failed to follow the plan, however, with officials now finding the horses each 153, 203, 308, 315, and 333 pounds underweight.

Seen with spotted coats, they also had developed rain rot, a skin disease that causes a matted coat and bumps that can escalate to scabs and lesions.

When more healthy their dental problems will also require anesthesia, said Major Whipple.

Once that is complete they will be available for adoption.

Responses to "Five malnourished and diseased horses rescued from farm three months after owner warned for their abuse"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Why do these cases take so long? We in England ar by no means blameless - a case involving a brave veterinary intern and a Shir ehorse breeder was recently revealed in the English press, but we see so many similar cases in animal welfare programmes from America. It is good that they are finally safe, but let us hope that such extended suffering from initial discovery of a case is not allowed to happen!

  2. ladyhawk says:

    if horses or any animals are found in this way the owner is not worthy to have them in the first place. any idiot can know thats not good caring for me they should not be given a second change at all. you take an animal you care for it as you would for a family member . i have no reespect for this .

  3. teresa says:

    awe!Thats a shame. Thanks for helping.
    All that red tape gargen is why it
    took so long. LoveLove.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I do not think they should be given a second chance at all. If you cannot feed and take good care of them, then sell them or give them up. Why do they want the horses if they cannot treat them with the love and respect they deserve? Have they no compassion!!!

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