Six horses described as injured and significantly neglected have been seized by authorities in Iowa.
The Des Moines-based Animal Rescue League of Iowa assisted Union County authorities to remove the animals from the Lorimor property, which was less than one acre.
The horses were relocated to the league’s Kruidenier Rescue Ranch, where they will receive needed veterinary care, food and shelter.
“These horses had been living without food, shelter and veterinary care for an undetermined amount of time,” league cruelty investigator Scott Wilson said.
“The horses now face a long road to recovery as we head into the coldest months of the year.”
The charity’s executive director, Tom Colvin, said: “Twenty-four horses have been removed in partnership with law enforcement in the past 12 months alone.
“The cost to bring these horses from where they are now, to healthy horses that are ready for adoption is significant.”
Once healthy, the horses will be available for adoption through the charity’s Barn Buddy adoption program. Currently, it has 13 horses available for adoption.
The league is the state’s largest animal shelter, serving over 18,500 animals each year from all corners of the state.
The league is seeking donations for its horse rescue program so that they can continue to assist authorities when called from all over Iowa. Donations can be made at www.arl-iowa.org (RE: “Help for the Horses”) or mailed to:
Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc.
Attn: “Help for the Horses”
5452 NE 22nd Street
Des Moines, IA 50313