COLUMBIA — The Humane Society of Missouri received custody of 11 emaciated horses and two neglected mules Wednesday, according to a news release by the organization.
The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force and the Gasconade County Sheriff’s Department rescued the 13 animals from a property near Rosebud on Jan. 26.
Longmeadow Rescue Ranch, a Humane Society of Missouri’s rescue, rehabilitation and adoption facility for horses and farm animals, is evaluating and treating the equine. The cost for their treatment has been more than $10,000, stated the release.
Most of the animals were seriously underweight without access to food or fresh water. Many had teeth and hoof problems, external parasites and skin problems, the release stated.
Twelve deceased horses were found on the property, and one of those bodies was contaminating the only available water source.
Ranch staff estimate it will be weeks, possibly months, before these animals will be available for adoption.
If you are interested in helping or adopting the animals, go to the Longmeadow Rescue Ranch Web site at longmeadowrescueranch.org.
"We are very grateful for the support animal lovers in Gasconade County and everywhere have shown for the plight of these deserving horses and mules," said Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri.