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7 malnourished horses rescued in Anderson Co.

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One of the horses rescued by Anderson Co. deputies and PEARL. (Mar. 17, 2012/FOX Carolina) One of the horses rescued by Anderson Co. deputies and PEARL. (Mar. 17, 2012/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Authorities in Anderson County have rescued seven horses they say were found malnourished and near death.

The rescues happened earlier this week. Deputies say the owner of the horses had fallen on hard times, leading to some of the horses going malnourished.

Anderson County Sheriff's animal control officers responded to the farm on Dorchester Road Thursday and found at least six horses that appeared to be at severe risk of malnourishment.

Animal control officers say they then seized seven horses, transferring six to the Palmetto Equine Awareness and Rescue League (PEARL). One, a pregnant mare, was relinquished back to the owner.

The horses transferred to the care of PEARL included a 12-year-old gilding, an 8-year-old pregnant palomino mare, a 12- to 15-year-old paint mare, a 24-year-old paint mare, and two mares that range between 22- and 24-years-old.

A veterinarian that assists PEARLS said the last two mares may have to be put down.

If you're interested in helping these horses recover, PEARL accepts donations. Most of the horses temporarily placed with PEARL will be on special diets in order to help rehabilitate them. For more information on how to help, you can call PEARL at 864-287-9939 or email at info@pearlsc.org.

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