UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
LORENA -- A dozen starved horses in near death conditions in Wood County, Texas were taken in by a humane society in Lorena. Fox 44 spoke with Bluebonnet Equine who now has custody.
They first heard about these starving horses in 2009 when they went in to teach the owners proper care of the horses.
"We had had volunteers out there attempting to educate the owners so they could keep their own horses because we really don't want to go in and take horses, but that obviously failed," said Executive Director of Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, Dr. Jennifer Williams.
Now, more than a year later, authorities stepped in to rescue the animals.
The volunteers went in to load up the horses and found a dozen emaciated, neglected horses.
One mare and her foal are actually close to death more than a week after being rescued. You can tell that by the backbone showing through the fur and the bones showing in the hip area.
Ten of the horses were taken to an undisclosed location for rehabilitation, and two of the worst cases were taken to Lorena.
"She is definitely in the worse shape of any of them in this case. She also had very little milk left, but she had a young foal nursing off her and also her last year's foal nursing off of her. So she really had no hope, you know, she wasn't getting any food, and they were talking what she could make," said Dr. Williams.
Now, the horses are starting to eat better, and authorities are hopeful that they will make it through and be on there way to good homes.
Bluebonnet says, unfortunately, this case is just the tip of the iceberg for neglected horses in Texas.
They need more volunteers before they can go out there and rescue the horses.
To volunteer to foster these horses, click here.