WINDSOR, Calif. (KGO) — In the North Bay, a shocking case of animal cruelty after two elderly horses were found abandoned in a trailer for more than 24 hours with no food or water. Animal welfare officials are on the lookout for who left the animals behind in the hot summer sun.
Two mares, both in their 20’s are slowly recovering in an undisclosed veterinary facility with care and lots of tasty food to eat.
But on Tuesday, they were in bad shape.
Police found them abandoned in the corner of the Windsor Home Depot parking lot, inside a sweltering horse trailer with no food or water.
People who live there can’t believe it.
“I’m glad they got to them in time, it could have been a death sentence,” said Matt Birkhead.
Authorities say it’s possible the horses may have been left in the trailer for up to 24 hours.
“We have no idea why someone would show up in our county and dump a trailer with horses,” said Kevin Davis, Field Supervisor for Sonoma County Animal Services.
Davis is investigating the case. He says both horses were malnourished. One of them is a mustang and her markings say she’s a rescue from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which holds horse auctions after roundups.
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