14 horses delivered from death
Mom and babe are now getting proper care. On a scale from one to nine, the mare's body condition was a one—meaning she was near death. She was barely able to give sufficient nutrition to her pinto foal. Photo courtesy of ERL
On Thursday, Oct. 17, three groups worked together to save the lives of 14 horses. The Equine Rescue League, Middleburg Humane Foundation, and Fauquier County Sheriff's Office reported to a call reporting a large number of sick looking horses in the 12800 block of Elk Run Church Road in Goldvein.
Lt. James Hartman said, "Animal Control deputies responded to that location on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at approximately 1 p.m. and observed the same."
The property owner was contacted, and said the horses belonged to his brother, who had passed away three years ago. The horses were left for him to care for, and he admitted that he was not sure of how to care for the animals.
The horses, aged 4 months to 18 years old, were surrendered voluntarily, and transported to places that could give them medical care. Four mares, and their four foals are now at Equine Rescue League's Promise Kept Farm.
A press release form ERL said, "All are very severe starvation cases. We need your help - emergency funding and daily assistance at the farm - to help save these four mares and four foals!"
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