MILAN, MO (KTVI) – Six horses and two mules were found starving and emaciated at a property in Sullivan County and rescued by the Humane Society of Missouri.
The animals were living on one acre of land without anything to forage or graze upon.
The Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force had been working with the owner since June to improve conditions for the animals. However, the conditions of the horses and mules continued to deteriorate. As a result, the sheriff’s office obtained a warrant to have the animals removed from the property.
The horses and mules will be taken to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union for an examination and recovery. But due to the extensive amount of time it takes to rehabilitate animals in such poor condition, the horses and mules may not be available for adoption for several months.
In the meantime, the owners of the equine are expected to be charged with six counts of animal abuse and neglect. A hearing has been scheduled for Monday, October 24 to determine permanent custody of the animals.