11 malnourished horses and donkeys seized in Martin County
Palm City facility now bursting at seams
5:59 PM, May 6, 2013
9:21 PM, May 6, 2013
PALM CITY, Fla. - When Holly McFall brings out the feed at the Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation in Palm City, she is very popular.
It's not hard to see why as hungry animals gather for food.
11 horses and donkeys, many with their ribs showing, are at the facility after the Martin County Sheriff''s Office seized them over the weekend.
"We have had some this bad come in but never this quantity, never this many at one time," said McFall.
"In this particular case, the owner did call us first and expressed concern that the horses didn't seem to be taking to the eating regime and asked our help in relocating the horses," said Martin County Sheriff William Snyder.
While the sheriff's office works with the Attorney General's office to see if any charges will be filed, the staff at ERAF works to fatten up their new charges.
"Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and get them adopted ," said ERAF President Randy Kinder.
The goal is to get the sickly animals looking more like the healthier horses in the stalls.
It's not an easy task since ERAF now has doubled the number of animals in their care.
Time is also a factor. ERAF is looking for a new home as their existing home is up for sale.
It will take many months and thousands of dollars to get these horses back to the point where they can be adopted into a forever home. If you'd like more information on how you can help,