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Abused animals find sanctuary in Mid-South

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BYHALIA, Miss. (FOX13) -

Taking their first steps off the trailer at their new temporary home, the future is promising for this herd of horses after months of suffering.  

More than 200 animals were initially rescued by the Humane Society of the United States as part of a hoarding case in Columbia, Mississippi in May of this year. 

Tuesday 23 of them were moved to the Mid South. 16 miniature horses, 6 regular-sized horses and a donkey were delivered to  Dark Horse Rescue in Byhalia to continue the healing process.

Christy Gross, who runs the rescue group says to help the horses, her organization will need help from animal lovers.

"We're going to need hay and other supplies like feed...volunteers.  The horses need to be handled and bathed and groomed.  They just need to be loved on and worked on to prepare for homes," Gross said.

Animal cruelty and neglect is something Gross says she sees far too often.

According to the Humane Society, cases of neglect involving horses and other farm animals are common because of the high price of hay and food.

Gross says a misconception about proper care for these animals also contributes to the problem.

"Unfortunately, this happens all too often.  There's just a general lack of education when it comes to large animals.  It's often thought if there's a fence and some grass, it's adequate enough to keep a horse.  Whereas the realization is, it takes a lot more than that," Gross said.

Luckily for these guys, the months of suffering are over and only "happy trails" are ahead as they wait for their forever homes.

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