Portage Animal Protective League rescues 6 neglected horses; donations needed (graphic photos)

Portage Animal Protective League rescues 6 neglected horses
Portage Animal Protective League rescues 6 neglected horses(Source: Portage Animal Protective League via Facebook)
Published: Sep. 5, 2021 at 11:41 AM EDT
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RAVENNA, Ohio (WOIO) - The Portage Animal Protective League is asking for the public’s help following the rescue of six neglected horses.

The animals were removed “from a terrible situation” on Thursday, according to a Facebook post from the shelter.

“There are 6 horses. I would say that one or 2 – one especially is in critical condition,” said Chalan Lowry, the executive director of the Portage APL. “One horse we are really not sure is going to survive. There’s the second one is also in poor condition but is doing ok. The remaining horses are doing alright at the moment.”

The horses are being cared for by Focus Rescue and Rehabilitation, a nonprofit that saves neglected, abused and slaughter-bound horses, said Janet Page, who serves on the organization’s board.

Their conditions vary and veterinary care is ongoing. Three of the horses are in bad shape; one is “barely hanging on,” the post said.

That horse is about 400 pounds underweight and unable to stand on its own, said Lowry.

The community response has been heartening, both Lowry and Page said.

“We’ve had a tremendous outpouring of community support,” said Page. “We’ve had hay delivered, grain delivered, medication, fly spray, a sling.”

Now the animals need time and care to recover.

Call the shelter at 330-212-8754 if you can donate. You’ll be scheduled for a drop off at FOCUS Rescue and Rehabilitation, located at 645 Manning Road in Mogadore.

You can also send a monetary donation online.

“While these cases are terrible and really upsetting, we also to see this community outpouring to support our shelter and the animals that we work for so it’s really very wonderful,” said Lowry.

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