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EAST HAMPTON, CT (WFSB) -

Two horses rescued from an East Hampton farm this year are heading to a new home in Alabama.

Retired Army veteran Amy Thomas and her husband recently, retired Major Dan Thomas, bought the horses Rosalind and Francesca and plan to use them on their 160 acre ranch in Alabama to help soldiers heal from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"They're probably the most beautiful there is on the market,” Amy Thomas said.

"It's not about control with the soldiers, it's more about just being part of them being with them. It gives them a certain peace,” Dan Thomas said.

The majestic creatures looked a lot different when they were initially seen by the state’s Department of Agriculture following an investigation of abuse last year.

Inspectors concluded they were under-fed and lacked daily care.

All in all, some 32 horses were rescued in a case that began in East Hampton back in October.

It was a story seen first on Eyewitness News concerning the Fairy Tail Equine Center, owned by Thomas and Melanie Olajos, who are now facing criminal proceedings.

All of the horses spent months getting healthy at the Agricultural Department’s animal rehabilitation facility in Niantic.

"I'm just really impressed, both of us really impressed with the State of Connecticut and what they've done here, because these horses are beautiful now,” Dan Thomas said.

The money from the winning bidders, about $14,000, will be used to recoup some of the cost to rehab the animals.

"We have a lot of money invested in these horses and through this process at least the money will get some recuperation of the funds and that will go right back into the program here,” said Ray Connors, of the state’s Department of Agriculture.

"The horses just love you talking to them, and eventually you'll just earn their trust. (They’ll) come to you and respect you,” said Amy Thomas.

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