Officials find neglected horses with 3-foot-long hooves

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Humane Society of Washington County is investigating a situation that recently resulted in the euthanization of a miniature mare and the rescue of two emaciated horses from a property in Washington County.

The Days End Farm Horse Rescue announced that the horses were found on Friday in an unspecified location, with two of the horses having curled hooves that were more than three feet long.

The two horses were found in a stall with three-to-four-feet of manure. It is suspected the horses were locked up for at least 15 years without proper care.

The nonprofit horse-rescue organization says that of the more than 3,000 horses the group has rescued in 26 years, they were the worst cases of hoof neglect that the organization has encountered.

Days End says the horses couldn’t move without risk of getting tangled in their own hooves.

Humane Society Chief Executive Officer Kim Intino says officials could not comment further about the ongoing investigation.

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Editor’s note: Days End Farm Horse Rescue is looking for donations for the care of the rescued horse. If you are interested in donating, visit its website. 

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