The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force, working in cooperation with veterinarians from the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Laclede County Sheriff Office, is rescuing 11 horses from a property outside Lebanon, Missouri, in Laclede County. Most of the horses are extremely emaciated with spine, ribs and hips protruding prominently. One mare is heavy with foal and emaciated. The animals have no access to water and the little hay on the property is of very poor quality.
Watch video of the horses arriving at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch
Despite multiple recommendations about proper care over the past several weeks from Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Investigators and Missouri state veterinarians, the animals’ condition continued to deteriorate. The Laclede County Sheriff Office will recommend charges of animal abuse be filed against the owner. HSMO’s Animal Cruelty Task Force will work with the sheriff’s office and Laclede County prosecutor to ensure prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. The owner of the horses has agreed to surrender the horses to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch.
View a slideshow of the rescued horses
The animals will be taken to Longmeadow Rescue Ranch for thorough veterinary examinations, lengthy rehabilitation and eventual adoption for as many of the horses as possible.
“Horses do not become this dangerously close to death overnight,” said Amanda Mullen, director of Longmeadow Rescue Ranch. “It is tragic to see them come to the ranch in this condition. They will need many months of special feeding and veterinary care to fully recover.”