Seven horses and four donkeys have been removed from a property in Martin County, Florida, and placed in the care of a rehabilitation group.
The Martin County Sheriff’s Office described the animals on its Facebook page as severely neglected and underfed.
It said the animals were now in the care of the Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation of Palm City after deputies successfully negotiated their surrender with the owner.
“The animals are now being treated and will be nursed back to health,” the sheriff’s office said.
The herd comprising a stallion, three mares, three young horses and four donkeys arrived at the foundation’s property on Saturday. All are expected to recover.
Local media reports that the influx has put pressure on the nonprofit rescue foundation, which has a 15-acre property.
The new arrivals have doubled its numbers in care.
Anyone wanting to help with the animals’ care should visit eraf.org. Checks, payable to the foundation, may be sent to PO Box 1199, Palm City, FL 34991.