Shelter To Find Good Homes For Neglected Horses

Since arriving at the Jackson County Animal Shelter three weeks ago, the seized horses can't seem to get enough to eat. The shelter director says many of the animals have improved tremendously.

"We had a vet out here that checked them all out initially, the day after we got them. He gave us directions on the best feed and care," Director Bill Richman said.

"They've been wormed, and some of them received other medical attention as they need it. Most of them have progressed quite well. There are some that haven't yet turned the corner, so to speak."

The worst was one of the three miniature horses.

"It was just almost dead, this boy."

Richman says all the horses need to put on a lot of weight before they can be adopted. Prospective owners will be carefully screened.

"We hope to go through an application process, hope to be allowed to go visit the prospective adopter's property to make sure they have adequate facilities."

The shelter has been swamped with offers of help. People have donated feed and hay and calls from across the coast, and from neighboring Alabama, have come in from people wanting more information.

"If you ride around in the county you see how many people own horses and what they think of them, it's not really surprising."

Richman says that's why he knows the horses will eventually go to new homes with plenty of food and space to wander.

Two llamas that were also seized will be put up for adoption too.