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Neglected Horses Begin Recovery

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At first glance, some of the horses may look well fed. But look closer, you can see their ribs. And the round stomach? That's from parasites.

"Parasites is an issue, the skin... is an issue, and just the lack of nutrition I mean they've just basically been neglected," said Erin Lozowski, who works with the A.N.N.A. Shelter's horse rescue.

Dozens of horses seized from a Mercer County farm are just beginning the long process of recovery.

The A.N.N.A. horse rescue has taken 22 of them in.

You can see the bones sticking out of the three foals they've taken in. Some of the signs of neglect are on the surface, and some are internal.

"They have a skin condition called... rain rot, bad, just from being out all the time and the temperature going up and down," said Lozowski. "Even if you look in their manure now you can see like worms in there."

The horses pretty much haven't stopped eating since they got to their temporary home. The A.N.N.A. Shelter brought in 125 pounds of minerals and put them in bins around the barn, and after just two days they're already almost completely empty.

"Some of them you can see they're really malnourished in general, but a lot of these little ones are two and a half month old babies, they're really small just because of the malnutrition."

29 charges of animal cruelty are pending against the two co-owners of the horses. The situation brings mixed emotions for shelter volunteers.

"There's kind of an accomplishment and an excitement that they're here and they're out of that situation, but then a fear, it just hits you at once like, okay, now we're responsible for these animals and we have to take care of them all," said Lozowski. "It was just hard to see that they hadn't had anybody taking care of them."

Ultimately though, her outlook is positive. "It will definitely be a happy ending and it's just how long," Lozowski said, "some will be longer than others but it'll be possible."

Right now the horses are wards of the court so they're not up for adoption, but if you're interested in fostering, or you want to donate to their recovery, click here.

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