Two emaciated horses are now in the care of a Florida charity after being confiscated by deputies from the Broward County Sheriff’s office in southern Florida.
Deputies seized the animals on Monday after receiving tips from concerned citizens in Southwest Ranches.
The owner told deputies he could no longer care for them.
The horses have since been named Lucky and Tass.
They have been turned over to Peaceful Ridge Rescue, a non-profit organization that stepped forward to care for them.
Detectives with the Special Victims Unit of the Sheriff’s Office are investigating to determine what led to the horses’ condition.
Detectives say the alert residents who phoned in tips about the horses did the right thing, and they encouraged anyone who encountered abused or neglected animals to contact law enforcement.
The horse at greatest risk because of her condition is Lucky, a thoroughbred mare. The gelding pony, Tass, is in slightly better order.
Victor Cutino, who runs Peaceful Ridge Rescue, is hopeful the pair can recover, but the rehabilitation will take months.