Six horses in poor condition are now in the care of the Ohio SPCA after being seized from a property in Ross County on Wednesday.
The Ohio SPCA said Ross County humane officer Betty Young had a warrant to remove the animals, but the owners were co-operative.
The charity said the horses had been “living on the edge with barely enough food to keep them alive”.
It said they were now in warm stalls and had each undergone veterinary examinations and necessary medical treatment was under way.
Their road to recovery would be long, the charity said.
It said the county’s three humane officers, Young, Alice Ault, and Johnnie Johnson, had been hard at work since being sworn in on March 7.
“After five years without humane agents, the Ross County Humane Society now has a force for the animals,” it said.
All three officers are supported by the Ohio SPCA through the Ohio Humane Outreach Partnering Program.
Their uniforms, badges, equipment, and fuel are paid for by the Ohio SPCA. It is also providing for the transport, veterinary care, and placement for animals such as the six horses just rescued.
Eighteen horses have been rescued by the organisation in the last three months.
The Ohio SPCA is a no-kill volunteer-staffed charity and receives no government funding.