SPCA for Monterey County humane officers have rescued four neglected horses in Castroville, a spokeswoman for the organization said today. When SPCA investigators arrived at the property on Long Valley Road near Elkhorn Road in Castroville for a routine investigation last Thursday, they found three mares and one foal requiring immediate veterinary care and seized the animals, spokeswoman Beth Brookhouser said.
The horses were emaciated and riddled with numerous health problems — the mares are suffering from heart murmurs, prolapsed vaginas, teeth in poor condition and hoof problems – and the foal had an umbilical hernia, among other issues. The SPCA first met with the owners in March after receiving a report of skinny horses on the property, and attempted to educate them and provide resources to help them give the horses the appropriate veterinary care, Brookhouser said. But during the last in a series of visits to the property, investigators quickly realized Thursday that the animals were in dire need of veterinary attention.
The animals are receiving veterinary care, food and water at the SPCA’s barn in Salinas, and staff members are hopeful the horses will improve enough to be adopted. Brookhouser said situations like the one have become increasingly common, with more horse owners who can’t or don’t provide adequate food and veterinary care for their animals. “More than any other animal, we’re seeing horses hit the hardest by the economy,” she said. Further information about donations, adoptions or other SPCA Monterey County resources is available at www.SPCAmc.org. The SPCA is asking anyone who may have bought horses from the property to call (831) 373-2631.
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