Horses are some of the animals that are the most forgotten about.
When people think of adoption centers or animal shelters they think of cats and dogs, but the abandoned horse population is growing at an alarming rate.
Prices for food and medications are doubling or tripling in price since the pandemic and it’s the root cause of people abandoning their animals.
What animal control and rehab ranches are seeing are a lot more underweight and starving horses left behind.
Horton’s Rehab Ranch in Pender County are getting calls every day to take in more horses that need help, but unfortunately, they’re running out of room.
Their newest horse, Romeo, was found severely starved and left behind three weeks ago.
“What we’re seeing is a lot more underweight horses, starving horses, people aren’t buying horses like they were before, auction prices are somewhere in between, you know, good horses are selling high. Old horses, senior horses aren’t bringing anything and people were just at a loss what to do with them,” explained Jewell Horton, Horton’s Rehab Ranch