GEORGETOWN, Ohio -- Brown County Humane Society member and horse owner Lisa Gray said she was "appalled" at the condition of two horses recently rescued by the organization.
"I never saw any animal like that," she said of the horses, which appeared to have been starved.
The mares, a 5-year-old walking horse and a 7-year-old Arabian, have been in Gray's care for nearly a week. They were removed from the home of a Hamersville, Ohio, woman after someone became concerned about the condition of the horses and called a friend to see what could be done. The friend, a Preble County, Ohio horse breeder, began calling Brown County agencies expressing concern for the horses' condition.
"I personally never saw the horses," the Preble County resident, who preferred her name not be used, said. However, based on the friend's description, she knew the horses needed attention.
"She called everybody," Gray said. "She kept calling until somebody answered."
Representatives from the Humane Society and the Brown County Sheriff's Office checked on the horses, which were starving, Gray said.
"They were literally eating the fence," Gray said.
The owner of the horses said she had rescued them from another location about a year ago but was not familiar with care of horses. The horses had no food and there was a pit dug in the pen with muddy water, Gray said.
"(The horses) were skin and bones," Gray said.
Additionally, the walking horse had three baseball sized knots on it's back legs from old injuries, Gray said. The other horse had some scratches but was otherwise uninjured.
Gray said the woman was upset but consented to give the horses up. Gray said the woman will not face any charges since she voluntarily relinquished the animals.
Gray is fostering the horses at her own expense since the Humane Society does not have sufficient funding to cover the cost of feed and visits from a veterinarian. She has put the horses in with her own four horses and said they have improved in the week since they moved to their new home.
"They're starting to nicker when they see me," she said.
Gray said a friend visiting her home noted the horses appeared to have "died and gone to heaven," as content as they were in their foster home.
The Preble County lady who reported the horses said though she was frustrated with the number of calls she had to make before action was taken, she is glad she did not give up.
"I'm definitely just glad that the horses were taken care of," she said.
Gray said the horses will be fostered until their health is restored then the Humane Society will attempt to locate permanent homes for them.
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