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.