A Maryland-based horse rescue is coming to the aid of over 150 malnourished and neglected horses, but they're going to need financial help to nurture each of the animals back to health.Volunteers rounded up the animals, many of which are malnourished and in desperate need of care, at a stable in Centreville, Maryland. They are trucking the horses to farms across the region.
Some of these horses are eating for the first time in days. They are already on the their way to recovery. They broke from a cramped trailer and galloped into an open field. While they are dirty, mangy and skinny, these horses are the aristocrats of the equine world. Expensive Arabians, some imported from Europe.
Farm owners are donating their acreage and staff to help the horses recover. Many horses have had little contact with humans, essentially they are wild. "I think they want help. I just think they don't know how to receive it yet," said Elizabeth Tate Winters of Paradise Stables.
Winters opened her stables in Mount Airy to some of the animals. "I can, I have the space and I have the room," she said. "But more importantly I feel very sorry for what's happened."
Investigators found the Arabian horses at Canterbury Farms in Centreville, Md. "Every horse on the property is suffering from some level of lack of care," said Stacey Segal of the Humane Society of the U.S.
The Days End Farm Horse Rescue is leading a multi-agency effort to rescue the horses. However, due to the size of the impound, they're forced to use private facilities throughout the state, which is costing them money they don't have.
"We are filled to capacity and our main farm can not house any more animals, especially with the number involved in this case." stated Dan Zalewski, Development Director for Days End Farm. Just the first month of care is expected to cost about $2,500 per horse.
Owner of horse farm charged
Animal services officers said they have been watching the farm for months. They say the owner moved her breeding operation to the Eastern Shore about 10 years ago from California and has been trying to get by with only one farmhand to help. The owner, Marsha Parkinson, declined to comment. Charges are pending, according to animal control services."The horse market has fallen on hard times. Just like the rest of economy and we have a situation where someone could not afford the upkeep," said MacGlashan.
Zalewski says that the Humane Society of the United States, American Humane Society and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have assisted in the rescue operation. However, Days End Farm is looking at bills surpassing $1 million just for this rescue alone.
Last week more, than a dozen of the sickest horses were removed for treatment. Several were deemed beyond hope and euthanized. Crews from Days End Farm Horse Rescue and the Humane Society are rounding up and assessing the rest.
As many as 130 horses will be placed on foster farms across the region. The hope is they'll be nursed back to health and adopted.
For now, those who came to the rescue are enjoying the sight of horses grazing and playing. "Seeing these roll is an amazing thing to know they are going to be great," said Marci d'Alessio, a board member of the rescue group.
Days End Farm is accepting tax-deductible donations to help support their rescue operation. You can purchase horse care packages through their website, or you can send donations to:Days End Horse Farm RescueATTN: Arabian EmergencyP.O. Box 309Lisbon, MD 21765
Days End Horse Farm Rescue
ATTN: Arabian EmergencyP.O. Box 309Lisbon, MD 21765
Individuals can also purchase new horse care packages through the Days End website. Days End Farm Horse Rescue is a 501 (c) (3) organization (Federal ID # 52-1759077).