TECUMSEH, Okla. - It was a devastating case of animal abuse in Tecumseh.
On Friday morning, deputies and a rescue organization seized nine horses from a home.
“The pure neglect that was involved in this and the lack of doing anything, accepting anything, asking for help - I'd say this is probably one of the worst, because help was offered, and it was denied," said Natalie Cross, owner of Blaze's Tribute Equine Rescue.
Cross says deputies offered to help the owner of the animals, but she refused.
Instead, Cross claims she told them to get off her property until they had a search warrant.
When they got one, it was already too late for some of the horses.
Three of the horses were already dead when help arrived.
"The three that had died, one of them had been dead at least a month, the other two had died within just a week and a half," Cross said.
The surviving animals were severely neglected, including some that were more than 300 pounds underweight.
"What little they had to eat was of no nutritional value. Their hooves were over grown. I mean, they'd been neglected for quite some time," she said.
Unfortunately, another horse died on Sunday.
"So, these are the eight that are left, and it's amazing. I've already seen a change in pretty much all of them,” Cross said.
The horses arrived at Blaze's Tribute Equine Rescue, and organizers believe it could take up to a year for them to fully recuperate.
"We don't want to move it too fast, and their gut can't handle it, so it's a slow process," Cross said.
Once they fully recover, Cross says she hopes to get them adopted.
"Don't just sit there and let your animals suffer and die. That's the cruelest thing you can do and, to me, there's just no reason or excuse for it,” Cross said.
No arrests have been made in this case, and it's now being turned over to the district attorney's office for review.