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Horses seized from East Hampton are being cared for in Niantic

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Horses seized from East Hampton farm examined by by equine veterinarian Dr. Thor Hyyppa. (CT Dept. of Agriculture/Steve Jensen) Horses seized from East Hampton farm examined by by equine veterinarian Dr. Thor Hyyppa. (CT Dept. of Agriculture/Steve Jensen)
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Thirty-two horses were found to be malnourished at an East Hampton stable back in September, but they are now recovering at an animal rescue facility.

Eyewitness News got an exclusive look at the Second Chance facility, which is located at the York Correctional Facility in Niantic.

The horses, and other animals, were recently seized by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture Animal Control Division, following an investigation of possible animal abuse.

"When I went out there, you knew the horses needed help then,” said Ray Connors, of the Department of Agriculture Animal Control Division.

A veterinarian determined that the horses, along with 78 chickens, two great Danes, and rabbits were found to be malnourished.

"They are under veterinary care, they're getting the feed they need now, and they’re getting the care they need now,” Connors said.

Meanwhile, the state is working on a criminal case and is expected to file charges against the stable owners, Tom and Melanie Olajos.

On Thursday, the department filed papers with the court for a Feb. 25 hearing to take ownership of all the animals seized from the property.

"They are seized as evidence, they still belong to the Olajos family, legally,” Connors said.

Connecticut is feeding the horse’s grain and 50 bales of hay per day, which is money that was not budgeted.

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