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Authorities seized nineteen horses in Tennessee after finding signs of “soring.”
Soring is done by the application of caustic chemicals and painful devices to the hooves and legs of horses to produce an artificial high-stepping “Big-Lick” gait for horse shows.
The local sheriff’s office served a search warrant after receiving a tip about possible animal cruelty. Authorities said they discovered horses visibly in pain and several barely able to stand.
The horses will be thoroughly examined and receive any necessary immediate medical treatment and will be cared for at an undisclosed location pending the final disposition of this case, according to a spokesperson from The Humane Society of the United States.
The HSUS assisted the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, Blount County SPCA, and Horse Haven of Tennessee with the seizure.
Photos courtesy of The HSUS.