Recently, the Humane Society of the United States along with the Cannon County Sheriff's department joined forces to save 84 horses "struggling to survive" according to Scotlund Haisley, Senior director of Emergency Services at the HSUS. In addition to the horses, seven dogs, two goats, and two chickens were also seized.
The animals were seized due to signs of neglect and have been surrendered by their owner. Many horses were extremely emaciated with overgrown hooves, and many with respiratory problems. Several dead horses were also found by rescuers on the scene. According to the director of HSUS emergency services "this rescue came not a moment too soon for the animals."
Officials from the TN State fairgrounds provided use of their stable area as an emergency shelter for the horses. Thanks to concerned citizens, law enforcement, HSUS, both United Animal Nations and Volunteer Equine Advocate volunteers, as well as veterinarians and generous contributions from numerous donors, these lucky horses are starting the new year off with a bright future ahead of them.