The British Columbia SPCA says it is getting a growing number of calls over horse neglect, as it rehabilitates the latest five arrivals in its care.
An emaciated pregnant mare named Savannah and four other horses were seized this month from a rural property in the Fraser Valley.
“The horses were severely undernourished and were suffering from a range of medical issues,” the Canadian charity’s senior animal protection officer, Eileen Drever, said.
“The pregnant mare in particular will require specialized care due to her comprised condition.”
In addition to lack of nutrition, the horses had inadequate shelter and were exposed to injurious objects on the property, the SPCA said.
The five horses are among more than 80 neglected or abused horses it has taken into care during the past five months.
“We are receiving more and more cruelty complaints involving horses,” Drever said.
The charity says the cost of caring for equines is high and the SPCA is hoping that members of the public will come forward to help pay for the costs of caring for the seized horses.
All of the charity’s programs and services for animals in need, including emergency care and cruelty investigations, are funded by community donations.
“We will also need homes for these horses,” Drever said. “If anyone can assist us in any way or can provide a permanent home for these beautiful animals, we would appreciate hearing from you.”
Donations to the cruelty investigations department can be made online or by mail to 1245 East 7th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C., V5T 1R1. For information about adopting the horses, call its cruelty investigations Office in Surrey at 604-575-2249.