The South Florida SPCA says two horses are fighting for their lives after being found inside stables that had been nailed shut.
The charity said it had to tear down the stables in order to reach the paint horses on Sunday.
The SPCA’s director of ranch operations, Laurie Waggoner, said the horses had been left without water.
“The horses were eating wood and their own manure in order to survive.”
The horses, one with large open sores on its side, were found at a boarding facility in Miami Gardens, in northwest Miama-Dade County.
“I’ve been doing this 20 years, and this mare ranks up there with the worst of them when they’re in that kind of condition.
“They usually have about a 50-50 chance of being rehabbed. We have to be very careful, starting out with very small quantities of food,” Waggoner said.
The animals were found by police after acting on an anonymous tip.
No-one was at the property and no arrests have been made.
The SPCA has established a special fund to help with their immediate care. To donate, go to www.crowdrise.com/paintbucket.