Local animal rescue
officials have been working to care for 32 miniature horses that were surrendered to the Animal Rescue League of Boston recently. The horses, given up by their owner in West Boylston, are ridden with parasites, malnourished and unsocialized, giving the workers plenty to do, The Boston Herald
All of the horses have strict feeding regimens because of their condition, leaving the shelter scrambling for qualified volunteers.
"Because it happened so quickly we had to sort of work to find volunteers and staff to work the overnight shifts that were qualified," ARL livestock liaison Ashley Arseneau told the news outlet.
She added that the horses are also difficult to work with because they shy away when people come near them.
"It's not that they’ve been abused, it’s a lack of socialization," Arseneau told the source.
More than half of the horses are now being cared for at the MSPCA Equine and Farm Animal Center on Route 28 in Methuen, Massachusettes, the Gloucester Times
reports. Melissa Ghareeb, manager of the facility, told the news outlet that had their previous owner, a veterinarian, not surrendered them last week, some would have died.