(KMOV.com) -- Workers and veterinarians from the Humane Society of Missouri rescued 11 horses from a property in Lebanon who they say suffered from malnutrition with multiple bones sticking out from their bodies. One of the horses is in intensive care.
According to the Humane Society, the animals had no access to water and the little hay available was of poor quality. The horses had their spines, ribs and hips protruding while one mare is pregnant.
The Humane Society said they did send warnings to the owner, but animal cruelty investigators stepped in when the condition of the horses continued to deteriorate. Officials report the Laclede County Sheriff’s Office will recommend charges of animal abuse be filed against the owner.
The animals will be sent to the Longmeadow Rescue Ranch for rehabilitation and eventual adoption, but officials say the horses will not be fully healed until the summer.
“Horses do not become this dangerously close to death overnight,” said Amanda Mullen, director of Longmeadow Rescue Ranch. “It is tragic to see them come to the ranch in this condition. They will need many months of special feeding and veterinary care to fully recover.”
Donations for the horses’ care may be made here or by calling 314-951-1542.