A Maryland horse rescue that specializes in draft breeds has stepped up to help a humane society in northwestern Pennsylvania overwhelmed with the seizure of 30 farm animals from a negligent owner.
Volunteers with Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue in Mt. Airy, Md., drove 300 miles to Warren County, Pa., last week to pick up six of the 13 horses found starving and in ill health in March.
They went home with seven horses, including Belgians and a Percheron, all of them in bad shape. Among their problems: parasite infestation, mange, lice and hoof issues. They were all underweight and one young horse's growth was stunted by poor health. A two-year-old Belgian colt was the size of a healthy 8-month-old, said the rescue's found, Christine Hajek.
The good news, Hajek said, is that the horses are friendly and show no signs of physical abuse. "They were severely neglected but they haven't been beaten," she said.