Two emaciated horses have been removed from their hellish confinement on a property in Washington County, Maryland, but safety for a third horse came too late. Days End Farm Horse Rescue and authorities arrived to transport the three horses to the safety and care of their facility on Aug. 23, 2015. They found the miniature mare was suffering with ruptured ligaments that had resulted in permanent fetlock dislocation. She was humanely euthanized at the site. The two remaining horses, a full-size horse and a miniature, both stallions, were kept inside on a manure “mountain” that had compressed and grown to over four feet high in 15 mindboggling years.
It was apparent that the emaciated animals had been severely abused and neglected over a very long period of time. The horses had been locked away without farrier, dental or medical care, sporadic feeding and watering, and both stallions presented with hooves that were monstrously long, a good 3-ft of long curled and distorted hooves. The attending veterinarian and farrier have never seen a worst case.
Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Woodbine, MD, has published pictures of one stallion on its Facebook page and issued a press release on its website. Erin Ochoa, executive director of the rescue, promised the grey horse, “Today your life changes.”
Both horses are evaluated in critical condition and will receive rehabilitative care. The most urgent task was to sedate the stallions, lay them down safely, and remove portions of their hooves.
Authorities were contacted by a citizen who called the Humane Society of Washington County to report worries about “the welfare of pet pigeons.” Because the authorities have a standard procedure to also inspect other animals on the property, the three horses were discovered.
The Humane Society of Washington County has started its investigation into the abusive neglect of the animals. Kim Intino, chief executive officer of the Humane Society of Washington County, described the investigation as ongoing, but could not discuss the case. The location of the property and any other particulars are being withheld.
During its 26-year history, Days End Farm Horse Rescue has rescued over 3000 horses and presently has 78 horses in its care. The costs associated with the two new horses are expected to be steep due to the critical rehabilitation care necessary. Average costs generally run anywhere from $1,900 to $2,400 per horse per month.
Since 2008, the sluggish economy has affected donations. But with the increase in neglect cases, Days End Farm Horse Rescue more than ever draws on the generosity of the public’s support. All donations to the 501c3 nonprofit is completely tax deductible and can be made directly through the defhr.org website.
A short video of the gray stallion can be viewed directly on Days End Farm Horse Rescue’s Facebook page.