Surviving horses 'adapting well' after being rescued from pasture

Surviving horses 'adapting well' after being rescued from pasture

LANDIS, NC (WBTV) - A week after five horses were seized from a woman's pasture in "very poor conditions" and animal shelter officials say the surviving horses are improving.

Five horses had to be taken from Teresa Burkett's Landis pasture last week. One of the five animals was in bad enough shape that veterinarians checking on the horses decided that it needed to be euthanized.

The four remaining horses have been in the care of the Rowan County Animal Shelter.

Monday morning the shelter posted four new "before and after" pictures of the horses after being cared for and properly fed for a week.

"They still have a long road ahead of them but they are adapting very well," the shelter posted Monday morning.

Burkett is accused of not providing enough food or clean water and is also accused of not providing necessary medical care for the horses.

Authorities say it appears the horses had been improperly fed for months and say it will take many more months to nurse them back to proper health.

Burkett's family said she had good intentions about the horses, but also said she did not have the means to take them and could not bring herself to giving them up.

With long term care needed for the horses, the Animal Shelter is asking for donations of feed, basic horse supplies, medical supplies and also money to help pay for the vet bills.

Monday, they thanked everyone who taken "time to donate items and feed for the horses."

Burkett has since been released from jail and has a court date of November 12 in Salisbury.


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