Livingston County Animal Control (LCAC) has been granted custody of 68 animals seized from a property in Livingston County on August 19th. The animals were found neglected and living in filthy conditions on the property.
Nine of the horses, 24 of the cats and 3 dogs are among the animals now in need of permanent, adoptive homes.
The Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition (MHWC) is handling the adoption of all nine horses, which are being temporarily housed and rehabilitated at a boarding facility in Howell. A tenth horse seized at the property has been returned to his owner, who was only boarding him at the property.
“Most of the horses are doing well. However, one is very weak and her prognosis remains guarded,” says Jodi Louth, Hay Bank Coordinator for the MHWC. “Right now they just really need to get into homes where they can start their new lives. They deserve some major pampering.”
All of the horses have been wormed and vaccinated, and they have also been seen by an equine dentist and farrier. It’s estimated that some of the horses had not had their feet trimmed in over two years.
Persons interested in possibly adopting the horses should contact the MHWC. Persons interested in adopting the cats, dogs and other animals should contact Livingston County Animal Control.
The horses range in age from 12-25 plus years. There are six Arabians, one Quarter Horse, one Morgan horse, and one Thoroughbred ex-racing horse. The cats also vary in age, as do the dogs, which include one Poodle, one Doberman and one Greyhound.
Adoptions fees for the horses will be waived, however, donations are urgently needed to help care for the horses. To date, the MHWC has spent nearly $5,000 toward their care. Donations to the MHWC are tax-deductible.
The Humane Society of the United States has assisted the LCAC in housing and caring for the seized cats, which are also being temporarily housed at a boarding facility in the county.
To view a public album on facebook of the horses, click here.
Permission granted by the MHWC for all photo use. Additional photos available upon request.
To see YouTube video of last horse arriving at new temporary facility, click here.