Horses that were seized from a farm in East Hampton because of malnutrition are recovering, according to state officials.
After complaints of animal cruelty, Department of Agriculture officials seized 32 horses, two dogs, 78 chickens and 19 rabbits were removed from Fairy Tail Equine on Feb. 2.
Department of Agriculture officials said the animals were “found to be malnourished” and “suffering from other ailments stemming from lack of proper shelter and veterinary care.”
“We have taken many dozens of calls from concerned people across the country wanting to adopt the animals or offering donations to be used for the animals’ care. Their support is greatly appreciated and will help ensure the agency has resources to dedicate to the animals’ rehabilitation," Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky said in a statement on Tuesday.
The horses are being treated at the Department of Agriculture’s large animal rehabilitation facility in Niantic and late last week, the horses “were given an extensive examination” by Dr. Thor Hyyppa.
Each horse was examined by Hyyppa for 30 minutes.
“We are making sure that the horses’ nutritional and medical needs are met and that they are adapting well to their new environment. In general, the horses are certainly more alert and brighter than they were when they arrived here,” Hyyppa said in a statement on Tuesday.
A hearing will be held to determine formal custody of the animals.
Department of Agriculture officials said the horses “require about 50 bales of hay daily, as well as about 40 bags of pine shavings used for bedding.” They will also need grain as they get better.
An animal abuse recovery account has been setup for helping the animals. State Rep. Melissa Ziobron also created a GoFundMe page for the animals and has raised more than $11,000.
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