WOODBINE, Md. (WJZ) — Help for abused horses. That’s what’s needed right now after dozens were rescued in Queen Anne’s County.
Andrea Fujii explains those who saved them now need help themselves.
Zodiac is proof an abused horse can be saved.
“Probably the sickest horse we’ve had in 20 years,” said Caroline Robertson, Days End Rescue.
Zodiac was close to death after he was rescued in West Virginia in October 2010, but after seven months at Days End Horse Farm Rescue, he practically has a clean bill of health.
That’s the hope for 133 Polish Arabian horses seized on Friday from Canterbury Farm on the Eastern Shore.
“The horses are significantly underweight, parasites, need hoof work, dental work,” said Dave MacGlashan, Queen Anne’s County Animal Services.
Six horses had to be put down and the rest were placed at four different secret facilities around the state. Their care will be administered by Days End, but the nonprofit group is already caring for 60 other formerly abused horses and providing the new group with medication and food will be expensive.
It costs $2,500 per horse per month to rehabilitate. So within the first month they’ll need more than $330,000.
“It gets to be a big undertaking,” said Robertson. “Certainly, funding is a big deal, as well as volunteers.”
The horses are said to be adjusting well to their new homes, and with the proper help workers say they may all make a comeback like Zodiac.
Queen Anne’s County Animal Control says Canterbury Farm owners could potentially face criminal charges.
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