GRENADA, Miss. (WTVA) -- Seventeen horses rescued from a Yalobusha County pasture are waiting for help.
According to officials with In Defense of Animals (IDA), which operates Hope Animal Sanctuary in Grenada, the herd numbered at 26 horses at the beginning of the year.
Since then, several skeletons and carcasses have been sited on the pasture.
Photos of the horses show many with signs of starvation.
Currently, IDA is supplying the horses with quality hay and veterinary assistance but doesn't have enough supplies or funds to care for all of the horses' needs until their health increases.
Since other regional rescues are experiencing similar issues, the organization is seeking a pasture with shelter and good fencing that can safely hold the 17 horses for three to six months.
Officials say the property must be easy to access and close to caregivers.
The organization expects care for the horses to cost thousands of dollars and has set up a donation fund strictly for their ongoing care.
If custody of the horses is granted to IDA, once they have regained their health, IDA says its trainer will work with them to insure they will be adopted.