UNION COUNTY, Miss (WTVA)--Six horses are in foster care after deputies rescued them from a farm in rural Union County Friday. Deputies, with the help of Spirit Horse Rescue, removed the animals from the property around 4:30 p.m.
All six horses appeared thin and unkempt. The pasture was barren, there was no visible source of water and two bails of hay just outside the fence had mold growing on them.
Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said he has received several calls of concern about the horses. He estimates his deputies have checked on them at least ten times. "We've been out here several times an dhave asked them to do a little better; build a shelter for them," Edwards explained. "Taking someone's animals from them is a last resort. We try every way we can to give them an ample opportunity."
Spirit Horse Rescue has already found foster homes for all six horses and believes they can be saved. "You can't just buy one or find one and decide, 'oh, I've got a horse,'" said the organizations co-founder Melissa Pickens. "They have to be taken care of."
Rescuers believe one of the horses had been struck by a car. The horses' owner confirmed with WTVA by phone that a horse had indeed been hit by a car. He says he called the Union County Sheriff's Office several days ago to ask that someone rescue that particular horse.
Edwards says the horses' owner will have to go to court if they wish to regain custody.
Spirit Horse Rescue says all six horses will get a veterinary check up Saturday.