Last Friday, three horses were found on a private farm by field service officers with the Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC), a not-for-profit organization that contracts with Washington County, Maryland to provide animal control services.
The officers were at first reacting to a worried resident calling about the welfare of pet pigeons. But protocol needs that the officers investigate the conditions for the other animals on the home, also.
What they found was this: 3 horses– 2 stallions and a miniature– confined to individual stalls.
They were emaciated. They had rotten teeth. Their hooves, which had actually never ever been correctly looked after, were more than 3 feet long.
And they had actually been living like this for upwards of 15 years.
“Our company has been around 26 years and we have rescued 3000 horses in our history,” Caroline Robertson, development director for the Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR), which is currently looking after the horses, told The Dodo. “From a hoof overlook viewpoint, this is the worst case we, our vet and our farrier have ever seen.”.
Sadly, one of the horses on the property called Piper needed to be euthanized immediately.