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Two surrendered starving horses now in care of Humane Society of Vero Beach

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The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County (HSVBIRC) are now caring for two starved and neglected horses surrendered by their owner last week reported the organization's Facebook page.

Billy, an 11-year-old gray gelding and Rosie, a 15-year-old pregnant bay mare are being fed every two hours, and it is estimated both horses will need intensive care and rehabilitation for six months to a year before being ready for adoption. It has not been announced when Rosie's foal is expected to be born. Her condition will be followed with an ultrasound after she is physically stronger.

With the help of numerous agencies and volunteers, the rescue of Rosie and Billy was made possible:

"Getting the two malnourished horses to The HSVBIRC was achieved thanks to an equine trailer loaned by the Indian River County Department of Animal Control along with help from Sergeant Brad Fojtik and Deputy Davie Partin of The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office Ranch and Grove division. HSVBIRC equine volunteers John Thompson and Bruce Dangerfield assisted with the transport and veterinarian Tanya Ciacciarelli of East Coast Animal Medical Center has been monitoring Billy and Rosie’s health."

The organization is asking for the public's help with monetary donations and supplies. Please call (772)-388-3826 for more information.

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