80 neglected horses now in the care of Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. – Eighty horses are now in the care of the Dumb Friends League, they have been found severely neglected.

Colorado Humane Society animal cruelty investigator Alex Wildee said 80 horses were brought to the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center on Thursday to begin initial treatment.

Many horses have difficulty walking, others are severely emaciated. A mare gave birth shortly after arriving at the equine centre.

“We received a call it was a welfare issue for some horses on a property, which launched an investigation,” Wildee said. “During this investigation, we negotiated the surrender of 80 horses.”

Wildee could not specify where the horses were found or if any criminal charges were forthcoming, citing the ongoing criminal investigation.

“This is probably the biggest cluster of long-term, concentrated neglect, pain and suffering in a group of horses that I’ve probably ever seen,” she said. “Unfortunately, it’s just because these horses have been abandoned by a lot of people for a very long time.”

Currently, Wildee says there are promises that some of the horses will be able to recover. However, the veterinary costs are going to be astronomical, she says.

“Just feeding them is going to be a huge bill. And then all the veterinary care, not just from our vet, but also from all the secondary vets who come in to help us,” Wildee said.

The hope is that proper veterinary care and training can make some horses adoptable, one day.

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