The BC SPCA has seized eleven horses from four owners in Kamloops after some animals were found starving to death.
The animals are in severe condition while four were discovered by investigators to be starving to death including one animal that had to be euthanized given that veterinarians were unable to relocate it to the local animal hospital for further care.
The horses were neglected over a long-term period to the point that they could not stand. Some animals currently need to be in slings to keep them on their feet. One animal also had its hoofs curl up and grown back into the leg.
According to CTV, some of the horses ranked merely a one out of nine (with 5 or 6 being ideal) on the Henneke scoring system for horse body conditions – they did not have any fatty tissue and their vertebrae, ribs and other bones were visible.
The exact location of the horses is not known, although they were located just outside of the city. No charges have been laid as investigators are still collecting information. However, if convicted of animal cruelty, the owners could face fins of up to $75,000 and up to two years in prison.
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