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Neighbors: Emaciated horses' skeletons are showing
Tuesday, August 2, 2011

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Richland County Animal Care officers are investigating a herd of horses so emaciated their skeletons are visible. Investigators went out to the pasture Monday morning after calls from concerned neighbors.

From the prominence of the horses' bones, you can see the grass they're getting isn't enough nourishment. People living near the pasture between Bluff Road and Adams Scott Road called everyone they could to get help for these horses, from Richland County Animal Control to the Humane Society, and even a veterinarian in Hopkins.

Neighbors are concerned about the safety and the welfare of the horses. One neighbor said he heard a gunshot Sunday that was used to put one of the horses down.

Veterinarians say healthy horses can get the nutrients they need from the grass in their pasture. But the grass in the pasture is grazed right down to the roots, and other patches are soiled by manure.

"Most people honestly try to take care of them," said Dr. Ronnie Fulmer, a veterinarian who works with horses in the Camden area. "Some people don't have the experience or financial resources."

Fulmer says horse owners are obligated to check on them regularly. People living near these horses say they haven't seen the owner there in months. "Humans have an obligation to take care of the animals, and whether that means you check on them once a day, or twice a day, or every other day, they should be checked on to make sure they're healthy, they haven't injured themselves, that they have water and food," said Fulmer.

Animal control officers say they need the property owner's permission to get a closer look at the horses. So far, they haven't gotten in contact with the man who owns the property. Neighbors said the horses' owner rents the pasture from him.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/15189084/neighbors-emaciated-horses-skeletons-are-showing

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