HARRISON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) - The Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued 16 malnourished horses from a property in Harrison County, Missouri on Thursday.

The organization says the horses were in paddocks and pastures that were were barren. There was no veterinarian on site.

An investigator with the task force found 11 dead horses and 16 living horses who were close to starving, with live horses being found in the same enclosure as dead ones.

The property owner said she could not properly care for the hoses and agreed to surrender them to the Humane Society.

Three horses were left at the property. The owner agreed to provide them with food, water and adequate medical care, the Humane Society said.

The horses are being taken to the Humane Society’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union.

The Humane Society says it will be some time before the horses are made available for adoption. To donate to help with their care, click here.

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