‘Worst we’ve seen in our 26-year history,’ Horses discovered after being neglected for 15 years

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WOODBINE, Md. – Veterinarians and animal rescuers in Maryland say they recently stumbled upon one of the worst cases of animal neglect they have ever seen.

Authorities were called to a farm in Washington County to check on pet pigeons, but soon discovered several horses that had been severely neglected.

“The horses were found in a stall piled high with three to four feet of manure, where it is suspected that they were locked up for at least 15 years without necessary farrier or medical care,” said Caroline Robertson, the development director of Days End Farm Horse Rescue. “It’s the worst we’ve seen in our 26-year history. They could barely move without being at risk of getting tangled in their own hooves.”

Robertson told the Carroll County Times that two of the horses had hooves that were more than three feet long.

According to the rescue, one of the horses had to be euthanized.

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