4 starving horses rescued from SW Iowa farm
January 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson
An animal rescue operation group is in the process of trying to find new homes for four horses that were found emaciated on a Fremont County farm. The one Arabian and three quarter horses were confiscated from a farm near Farragut, on Monday. Sheriff’s officials and a local veterinarian visited the farm late Monday afternoon, after they received a telephone tip.
The veterinarian examined the horses and determined they had been neglected. Two of the animals were said to be several hundred pounds underweight. A 22-year old man who released the animals while authorities were making arrangements to have them removed from the property, was cited on suspicion of interfering with official acts and livestock neglect. The unidentified man was taken to jail, plead guilty Tuesday, and paid a fine.
The horses were removed from the land by court order. Their current location has not been disclosed. Anyone interested in adopting the animals can call the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office at 712-374-2424. Hooves and Paws Rescue of the Heartland is trying to find homes for the horses.