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Animal control still looking for emaciated horses' owners
Wednesday, August 3, 2011


COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Richland County animal care officers were on the scene Tuesday investigating the poor condition of a small group of horses and looking for the horses' owner.

Neighbors say the owner of the pasture wants to find the horses' owner, and investigators are looking for both them. In the meantime, the condition of the seven horses worsens. One horse had to be killed recently, and another was found dead nearby.

Many neighbors want to provide some food for the horses, but there's a good reason why you shouldn't -- horses have problems with colic. "You have to gradually introduce feed and do it over a period of weeks, sometimes months, even depending upon what you to start with that particular animal," said Dr. Ronnie Fulmer.

That warning hasn't shied away Jennifer Ledbitter. "I'd rather go to jail for jumping over this fence to feed them than not see them eat," said Ledbitter. "Come on guys, here's another pile."

Ledbitter oversees the care of million-dollar racehorses for the royal family of Dubai, and probably knows how to feed a starving horse the careful way. In fact, she realized one of the malnourished horses is pregnant.

If these horses were fed properly, it would cost $2,100 a month. "I've never seen a horse that has lost so much condition in my entire life," said Ledbitter.

The pasture alone is obviously insufficient. "Somebody needs to step in here and get these horses out of here," said Ledbitter. "They're going to die."

What happens next and when depends on the progress of the animal care investigation. Until then, the horses will have only the help of people like Jennifer and you.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/15198419/animal-control-still-looking-for-emaciated-horses-owners

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