SEVILLE, Ohio-- Dozens of horses are removed from a Medina County farm after reports that they were being neglected and were malnourished.
"On our veterinarians' recommendations, we are pulling 30 horses off the property," said Stephanie Moore, executive director of the Medina County SPCA.
All day Thursday, one-by-one, Medina County SPCA officials removed 30 horses from a farm on Blake Road in Seville. Moore said they have been actively investigating the farm since 2009, after receiving anonymous tips that the horses were being neglected and malnourished.
"They're not horribly emaciated; but they are thin. Some of them have rain rot. We think they've got lice. Their feet are in bad shape- a lot of babies and a lot of malnourished mothers," Moore said.
"It hurts because you try. You make sure that they have food; make sure they have water and the people listening, they're gonna condemn me because they don't understand the whole story," the horses’ owner, Tori Wilfred told FOX 8.
Wilfred, who has had horses since 2001, said her family tried the best they could to take care of the horses.
"We knew we had too many horses and we were doing the best we can and anyone can see; we have hay; we have grain. It's not like we didn't try," she said.
Wilfred admitted a few of the horses were thinner than they should be; but said a family emergency made taking care of them overwhelming.
"My grandmother fell and broke her hip and I suddenly became a 24/7 caregiver and at that point, we knew no matter what, it was gonna be too much and we knew we wanted to get them sold; but it was just a matter of time," said Wilfred.
"You educate and educate and advocate and continue to do that sort of thing over and over again and then there just comes a time when you realize it's not working and you need to take some action for the well being of the horses,” said Moore.
"I loved them. I didn't want this many; I never wanted this many; we did not plan on this many," Wilfred said.
No charges have been filed.
Moore said they also took six cats from the home that tested positive for feline leukemia.
She said a veterinarian will examine the horses, and the results will be sent to the prosecutor to determine what, if any, charges will be filed.
Moore also said it is expensive to take care of so many horses and asked that anyone who wants to help out financially call them at 330-723-7722.