Fourteen malnourished horses seized in Thurston County

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Fourteen malnourished horses seized in Thurston County

AP News

ROCHESTER, Wash. -Thurston County sheriff’s deputies have seized 14 malnourished horses from a Rochester farm.

Now a private horse rescue group is trying to find the resources to care for the animals.

Sheriff’s Lt. Greg Elwin tells KOMO-TV that deputies had been monitoring the horses’ condition for several weeks after a concerned resident called.

He says officers were able to document that the horses appeared to be “in very poor health.”

The animals seized late last week include a mare nursing a foal.

Kathy Bailey is the president of Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County.

She says the seizure nearly doubles the number of horses her charity is caring for and feeding the horses is expensive.

KOMO says the county is unable to care for the horses long term so calls on volunteer groups to help out.