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7 emaciated horses seized from Adams County property

Posted at 1:05 PM, Nov 20, 2016

WEST UNION, Ohio -- Seven emaciated horses were seized from an Adams County property Saturday after an animal cruelty investigation, according to the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

One horse didn't survive.

The animals, including a weanling and yearling, all had below-normal body scores, according to Teresa Landon, head of Ohio SPCA.

A veterinarian found some had very little fat or muscle because they were malnourished, Landon said.

Though seven horses could be rescued from a West Union property, one did not survive. Photo provided.

Horses and other large animals are expensive to nurse back to health, Landon said. Her organization is trying to raise money to cover the costs.

The Humane Society of Adams County investigated the case. The owner will be charged with animal cruelty, Landon said.

Less than a year ago, Adams County animal control officials seized more than 160 dogs and cats from a pet rescue, claiming the conditions were unfit for the animals’ well-being. Some of them were malnourished and had broken bones, Humane Society authorities said. They called the conditions in the rescue “overwhelming” and “serious.”

The owner of the rescue, George Brock, disputed claims that the conditions were unfit.