A team from the ASPCA will spend Thanksgiving caring for 63 horses seized on Nov. 15 as part of an animal cruelty investigation.
Spokane County Regional Animal Protective Services (SCRAPS) found the severely emaciated and dehydrated horses on an abandoned property with no access to water or acceptable food. Some of them were in such bad shape that they required immediate medical attention to keep them alive, the ASPCA said.
Eleven horses in critical condition were taken to a local veterinarian for immediate attention. The remaining horses are being cared for.
Local authorities issued a warrant for the arrest of the property owner on charges of animal cruelty in the first degree and transporting or confining animals in an unsafe manner.
Agencies assisting the ASPCA with care and sheltering include: Days End Rescue (Woodbine, Maryland); Code 3 (Longmont, Colo.); Equine Emergency Rescue Unit (Overland Park, Kansas); and Washington State Animal Response Team (Enumclaw, Wash.).
The ASPCA is also providing a $5,000 grant to SCRAPS to help cover expenses related to the horses’ care.
“Animal cruelty doesn't always take the form of violence—it sometimes takes the form of an owner walking away from her responsibilities. The results for the animal victims are just as tragic,” the ASPCA said.
“Our team will spend Thanksgiving healing these horses, physically and emotionally. Caring for this many horses is an enormous undertaking and a huge commitment, but we are determined to be there for animal victims of cruelty whenever they need us.”
Agencies assisting the ASPCA with care and sheltering include: Days End Rescue (Woodbine, Maryland); Code 3 (Longmont, Colorado); Equine Emergency Rescue Unit (Overland Park, Kansas); and Washington State Animal Response Team (Enumclaw, Washington).
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