More Than 30 Miniature Horses Rescued from Massachusetts Farm

Last week the Animal Rescue League of Boston and the Massachusetts SPCA – Angell (MSPCA) worked together in a large-scale rescue operation involving the surrender of 32 miniature horses from a farm in West Boylston, Mass.

“This is one of the saddest rescues we’ve experienced in quite a while, with such a large number of animals in such desperate condition,” said Melissa Ghareeb, who oversees barn operations at MSPCA-Nevins Farm. “Fortunately, we and Animal Rescue League arrived in time to remove the horses from these deplorable conditions and begin the treatment they’ll need as we ready them for their new lives.”

The minis were underweight, in addition to having internal parasites, neglected hooves and a skin infection more commonly known as rain rot.

The MSPCA-Nevins Farm took 18 of the horses who they hope they will be able to place with rescues who can help find them forever homes. The other 14 went to the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s facility in Dedham where they are expected to stay while they recover, along with four others who were previously pulled out of the farm.

“Despite their poor condition, the Dedham staff were surprised by how readily the horses welcomed their care-givers. While carrying out the horses’ progressive feeding program, the horses nuzzled staff members – perhaps the first loving, humane act that these horses had ever experienced,” according to the Animal Rescue League.

Both organizations are seeking donations to help with the care and rehabilitation costs, which are estimated run into the thousands. If you can help, visit the MSPCA and the Animal Rescue League of Boston for more information.

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134 comments

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

ann paveletz
.4 years ago

News like this are not stories they are actually wonderful heart warming people working for a great cause. god speed you all on a long and healthy path of good works. Ann

Darla Taylor
Past Member 4 years ago

Thank you for such a fabulous rescue. Hope all the horses find their loving, forever homes.

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Engele van Zyl
Engele van Zyl4 years ago

Thank you to good people out there that rescued these sweet miniature horses.

Natalia Baul
Natalia Baul4 years ago

help them all =(

jayasri amma
jayasri amma4 years ago

Good outcome to a bad situation. Hope they all end up in happy loving homes.

jayasri amma
jayasri amma4 years ago

Good outcome to a bad situation. Hope they all end up in happy loving homes.

jayasri amma
jayasri amma4 years ago

Good outcome to a bad situation. Hope they all end up in happy loving homes.

jayasri amma
jayasri amma4 years ago

Good outcome to a bad situation. Hope they all end up in happy loving homes.