Horse Plus Humane Society of Oroville, California, recently bought 24 baby horses from a livestock auction, saving them from slaughter, ABC News affiliate News 10
The organization paid just $50 each for the baby animals, which were mostly emaciated, the news outlet reports.
"It's a felony to sell horses for slaughter in California, but it happens every day," said Tawnee Preisner of the Horse Plus Humane Society.
The group identifies horses that are being sold for slaughter by the price, Preisner told the news outlet. It is usually around 22 cents per pound.
The organization reports
that the horses, which are wormy, untrained and generally unkempt, each require daily medication, special feed and veterinary attention. The shelter is seeking donations of money and yearling halters in order to help them with this "overwhelming intake" of the baby horses.
Despite the strain the animal rescue organization faces with the new additions, Preisner said they had not choice but to save the horses.
"They're precious little lives," she told the news outlet. "You can't say no to them."