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5 Horses Removed From Camden Property

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The Kent County SPCA/Delaware Animal Care and Control provided these photos of the rescued horses. The Kent County SPCA/Delaware Animal Care and Control provided these photos of the rescued horses.

CAMDEN, Del.- Authorities say they have removed five horses from a property in Camden where the animals had allegedly been abused. 

Maj. Brian Whipple, a spokesman for the Kent County SPCA/Delaware Animal Care and Control, said that on Wednesday of last week, an anonymous call was received about horses that appeared to be in very poor condition. Whipple said that the next day four officers from the KCSPCA/DEACC rescued the five horses from the Camden property on the grounds of animal cruelty.  

According to Whipple, the horse's owner was not a stranger to the DEACC, and had previously been ordered to provide veterinary and dental care for the animals as recently as July. The owner complied with the veterinary notice and was given a nutrition plan to improve the animals' condition, Whipple noted. He said the nutrition plan was not followed and as a result the horses were signed over by the owner, who is facing numerous counts of animal cruelty.

Whipple said there are five horses involved in this case: four mares and one gelding. Whipple said the horses- which range in age from 4-14- are all underweight, and they need to gain 153, 203, 308, 315 and 333 pounds respectively. 

These horses have a myriad of health conditions already in the process of being treated by the Kent County SPCA under guidelines of an equine veterinarian, Whipple said. He explained that these conditions range from rain rot (skin condition) to some severe dental issues that will require anesthesia to resolve once the horse is healthy enough to withstand the anesthesia. Whipple said a special feeding plan was provided to the KCSPCA by the horses' veterinarian to help ensure that the horses get to the appropriate weight and physical condition in a safe period of time.  

These horses will require ongoing medical care and special feed while they attain their ideal body weights and physical conditions, according to Whipple. He said that once given a clean bill of health by their veterinarian, they will be placed up for adoption.

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