The overwhelmed owner surrendered them into the care of the League, the MSPCA and other animal welfare organizations. We are caring for eighteen of the horses, with four currently at our Dedham Shelter and the rest being treated at Tufts Veterinary Emergency Specialties.
The severely malnourished horses are suffering from intestinal parasites and “rain rot,” a skin condition resulting from prolonged exposure to the elements. They are receiving small feedings every two hours and round-the-clock care from League staff.
Despite their poor condition, the Dedham staff were surprised by how readily the horses welcomed their care-givers. While carrying out the horses’ progressive feeding program, the horses nuzzled staff members – perhaps the first loving, humane act that these horses had ever experienced.
We anticipate that caring for these horses will cost at least $15,000 – expenses that were not included in our budget. Please consider a gift to help pay for their care. Visit www.arlboston.org/horses to make a donation.