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Neighbor Wants Help for Neglected Horses

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LINCOLN, Del.- Four horses in Sussex County appear to be suffering and neighbors want to help.  The Delaware SPCA visited the property on Tuesday and gave the owners a stern warning.

The horses are so skinny, you can count their ribs, and some of their backs resemble that of a camel's hump.

"I don't want to come out my door one morning and see them laying there where they've died through the night or something, because they are not getting appropriate care," said Ramona Davis, who lives next door to the horses and believes they are malnourished.

"The horses have no grass or anything to eat, they don't have appropriate space for them to get into for shelter," Davis added.

The Delaware SPCA said it is aware of the problem and this is not the first time animal control officials have visited the property.

The owner of the horses was not home Tuesday, but on their door was a notice from the SPCA saying they must have the horses fed daily and be seen by a veterinarian in the next seven days.

The SPCA was expected to return Wednesday to ensure the owners got the word.

"Somebody has to speak for the horses, if that has to be me, that's fine. But, somebody has to do something for these horses to get them some shelter and get them taken care of because they're going to die out here if we have a cold winter this year," said Davis.

Until then, Davis said she will keep her eyes on the horses too, making sure they survive.

The SPCA says if conditions are not improved, the agency may take the horses from their owner. Plus, the owner could face criminal charges.

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