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Emaciated horses seized in Sandusky County cruelty case expected to survive

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After a passerby in Woodville, Ohio notified authorities of starving horses at a property in Sandusky County over the weekend, three of the four horses are making an incredible recovery reported the Humane Society of Sandusky.

According to Sandusky County Animal Cruelty Investigator Kelly Askins, two of the four horses were the worst emaciated horses she had ever seen.

"It takes your breath away for a second," Askins stated. "You hear about this, but you never think you'll see something so severe."

One of the horses named Memory collapsed at the barn. Authorities rated her physical condition as a one on the Henneke horse body condition scoring system which is based upon the fat on a horse's body. Henneke scores range from 1 to 9 with a one rating being extremely poor and at a nine rating, the horse is considered grossly overweight. The ideal body fat score authorities base their evaluations on range from 4 to 6.

Sadly, the horse Memory had to be euthanized. Two of the horses named Shetan and Katie are now in foster care and were rated thin. Silky, the other extremely malnourished horse is being cared for at the private barn of Kelly Askins, and is expected to recover.

Animal cruelty charges are expected to be levied upon the owner of the horses. Other animals on the farm are being monitored to make sure they are being properly cared for and fed.

At this time the Humane Society of Sandusky needs donations to help these horses. Expenses have already exceeded $1,000. Donations of hay, feed and money would be much appreciated. Please click here to help.

Donations can also be sent to:

The Humane Society of Sandusky County

Attn: Animal Cruelty Division

2520 Port Clinton Road

Fremont, Ohio 43420.

Telephone: 419.334.4517

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