The BC SPCA is urgently seeking help to care for 53 animals rescued from an Interior-region property earlier this month.
According to a release, 36 mini-horses, six cattle, five llamas, four goats and two emus were removed by SPCA constables following complaints of animal neglect.
What's more, 20 of the mini-horses taken into care are pregnant.
“We have managed to find temporary foster homes for the animals, but the cost of their rescue and ongoing recovery is adding up quickly,” says Leiki Salumets, manager of equine and farm animal care for the BC SPCA.
“The world is going through unprecedented times, but unfortunately animal cruelty has not stopped. If people are able to help, we urgently need ongoing financial support for these and other neglected and abused animals in our care.”
The mini-horses were reportedly badly matted and caked in mud, and were suffering from malnourishment, limb and hoof issues, eye problems, dental issues and hair loss due to lice; they range in age from one to over 20 years old.
So far, the horses have been dewormed, vaccinated, deloused, groomed and had dental exams and farrier work done.
Salumets notes the SPCA will also be looking for permanent homes for the animals.
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