Almost 60 horses were taken from a ranch in Montana after reports of animal neglect, US News shared. The horses were taken from a ranch in North Helena.

The sheriff’s office moved 58 horses to the county fairgrounds to be assessed by veterinarians. The horses were in varying stages of neglect, according to The Independent Record.

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Police have not yet identified the owner of the horses but medical reports will be used in bringing criminal charges. The sheriff said that 25 bales of hay were required to feed the horses and put out a call to sanctuaries to help. Some horses will also need deworming, the police said.

Sheriff Leo Dutton was asked if he had seen horses in this state and a case like this before, “Of this severity? Not in my career. I’ve only been doing this for 35 years. It’s difficult to see animals that have not been taken care of.”

Horses are highly social and emotional animals. They feel just as we do; they form bonds, build friendships just as we do; they deserve respect, understanding, and compassion. And above all, they are not machines to be replaced when broken or worn out. Look past the saddles, bit, and bridle. Look at the horse as nothing more than a horse with their own life to live, their own freedoms to enjoy.  By changing the hearts and minds of a few people at a time, the perception of the horse will hopefully improve.

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