EAST DORSET, Vt. (WCAX) – The horses seized from a Colchester farm this week for animal neglect are recovering at their new homes.
After days of testing and analysis from veterinarians, the state agriculture agency and horse rescue groups, authorities determined the 14 horses were in poor condition, without sufficient access to food, water and care.
Colchester police tell WCAX News one of the horses was put down due to a severe heart murmur.
Dorset Equine Rescue is caring for seven of the horses, and the other six were taken to the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals.
Jen Straub of Dorset Equine Rescue says this is the first time the group asked for out-of-state help because they’re now housing 26 horses total.
“We’re just happy we can help and that we’re in a position to help in these types of situations. Having two cases back-to-back, as you might know, we helped out with seven Morgans recently in St. Albans, and that was only three weeks ago. So, having two large cases like this back-to-back is fairly unusual, so we’re kind of at our capacity right now,” said Straub.
Straub says some of the horses from the Colchester rescue are underweight and have eye issues. She says the group will nurse them back to health, then put them up for adoption.
Colchester police say they will be taking restorative justice action with the horses’ original owner.
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