Neglected horses given food and care



Starving and standing in about a foot of their own waste, nearly two dozen neglected horses were rescued from a Davie ranch over the weekend.

Victor Cutino who runs Peaceful Ridge Rescue took in 16 of the horses. The other five were taken to a ranch in Pompano Beach.

Cutino said when the Paso Fino horses were discovered, they were in horrible condition.

“Their manes have never been touched at all, really knotted up, their tales were in the same condition. The body coats were filled with feces and their own urine. It’s horrible. It took us two hours to take that off one horse yesterday,” said Cutino.

Police found the 21 neglected horses on a three acre property on SW 139th Avenue, rescue volunteers called it a horse mill.

Cutino said the owner of the property where the horses were found said he couldn’t afford to take care of them anymore.

Cutino said it will take months to return the horses to health so they can be adopted out.

“We’ve been picking up brushes and we’re going to start grooming them. We’ve been bringing in extra feed and bedding to try and help them whatever way we can,” said volunteer Bettina Ratner

Police won’t say how they were notified about the horses, but volunteers said us a neighbor saw a deceased horse on the property and called the authorities.

“Something severe needs to be done to these people not just fining them $500 or a $1,000, giving them a slap in the hand,” said Cutino. “We need to do more because this has got to stop.”

Davie police will bring in a veterinarian to examine each horse. Based on those findings they will come up with what charges to level against the horses’ owner.

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