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Abused horses remain locked in custody battle

Saturday - 9/14/2013, 11:38am  ET

Associated Press

They were wild, emaciated and in need of specialized care, yet more than two dozen horses rescued from a Pennsylvania farm more than eight months ago still face a long and costly journey to permanent homes.

Amy Kaunas is the executive director at the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, and she says the animals were living like wild horses, fending for themselves. She calls the scene "devastating."

Although the horses' owner was found guilty of 30 charges of animal abuse, her appeal leaves the animals in limbo. Until the case is resolved, they cannot be adopted permanently.

That puts financial pressure on the Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue. Most of the 29 horses seized at the Pennsylvania farm are being cared for at the rescue operation in Mount Airy, Md.

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