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Some horses found dead, others seized in Orange County

From the Orange County Sheriff’s Office:

On January 15, 2020, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into animal cruelty of several horses. Deputies responded to a property located in the 13,000 block of St. Just Road to do a welfare check on several horses that were reported to be in poor condition.

Upon investigation, it was discovered that 4 of the horses were deceased on the property and 4 horses were in such terrible condition that they were immediately seized by Animal Control.

As the investigation continued, 10 horses were voluntarily removed from the property. The voluntarily surrendered horses have been placed in the care of the Hope’s Legacy Equine Rescue. If you would like to donate to the care of these horses, please contact Hope’s Legacy Equine Rescue. The investigation is continuing and it is anticipated that animal cruelty charges are pending. No further information will be provided concerning this investigation.

(Photo courtesy Hope’s Legacy Equine Rescue)

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