By Devin Bartolotta

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Eighteen emaciated horses are seized from a Central Maryland farm, found on the brink of death. Now, the animals face a long road to recovery.

Devin Bartolotta met with the horses and their rescuers this afternoon. Those horses are in safe hands tonight. But police haven’t released where that farm is or what charges might be filed.

Hundreds of pounds underweight — more than a dozen horses are down to skin and bones.

“It’s going to be a long road to recovery for these guys,” says Erin Ochoa.

Days End Farm Horse Rescue is taking the reins of a critical lifesaving project: nursing 18 horses back to health. After they were seized from a farm in central Maryland — each of them on the brink of death.

“This is pretty bad. I mean, this horse has been completely depleted of its muscle and fat resources,” says Ochoa.

It could take up to six months for the 18 horses to get back to a healthy state.

Meanwhile, Days End Farm tells WJZ the investigation into their owner is underway.

Police have not released which farm, or even which county the horses came from, but rescuers say there are still more horses in the owner’s care.

“At this point, charges are pending. That’s all we know. All of the processes with the next 24 to 48 hours is discovery,” says DeEtte Hillman, with Days End Farm.

For now, round-the-clock care, comes with lots of meals and lots of love, with greener pastures – now in sight.

“We always have that hope. We never give up that hope,” says Hillman.

The care of the horses over a six month period could cost as much as $200-thousand dollars.

The Days End Farm Horse Rescue relies almost entirely on donations. To find out more about them CLICK HERE.

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