State police seized five horses from a farm in Schuylkill County, where they were living in filth and starving, and charged the owner with animal cruelty.
Witnesses called police late last week after seeing the emaciated horses, some kept in a weed-filled pasture with no shelter, others were standing in trash and manure-filled stalls. The property owner, who has not yet been identified by police, reportedly had an unusually high number of horses die on his Orwigsburg farm in recent years, including the one shown here left to rot in the field. The Pottsville Republican Herald has more on the story.
The Equine Protection Network is caring for the horses - mostly paints and quarter horses and all of them young - and is in need of donations to offset the cost of their extensive medical care, board and feed. They will also be available for adoption soon. Donations are being accepted at Equine Protection Network, P.O. Box 232, Friedensburg, PA 17933.