BOSTON (CBS) – A large scale rescue effort is underway at the Animal Rescue League of Boston and The MSPCA, after a farm owner in West Boylston who was unable to care for 34 sick miniature horses, turned them over to animal officials.

The ARL and the MSPCA Nevins-Farm are both involved in the effort to nurse the animals back to health.

Animal doctors say the horses are all in very poor condition and are suffering from parasite and skin infections.

“These horses are extremely malnourished due to the alarmingly high level of intestinal parasites that are interfering with their ability to absorb nutrients,” explains Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, director of Veterinary Medical Services at the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Officials say in exchange for agreeing to hand over the animals, the owner will not face charges.

The ARL says that the cost of treating the horses will run into the tens of thousands of dollars. They are asking anyone who may be interested in donating to visit their website.

Comments (6)
  1. Jodi says:

    What the hell? He didn’t understand a situation was occurring? That they were sick? I sure hope this person(s) are properly prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law allowable in the state…that IMO doesn’t do enough to protect our animals and their rights!

  2. Dianne says:

    It would be very difficult to take are of that many horses,it is tough to believe it had to get to this point before anyone realized these animals were in trouble. I hope they recover quickly and all find good homes.

  3. Cat fight says:

    The fool with the chimps and the 50 animals in Ohio and this still go’s on no rights for animals no respect

  4. emom says:

    Where the state inspectors,, bet none have been there But will say they went there and nothing seemed out of place.. Yeah bet they went but never toured the place….saw over a fence and felt everything looked good,, Does anyone ever check these places out,, better yet does anyone ever check out the inspectors checking these places, out… seems someone has left the chicken coop open and things have started to run amok… time to buckle down on inspectors NOT doing their jobs… we see to many of these stories its time for a major over haul

  5. Rob Cleary says:

    Send them to North Korea. They’ll be fattened up, Then served with salsa

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