Photos of thin Rockford horses draw attention of thousands

ROCKFORD, Mich. -- Photos of horses on Ramsdell in Rockford show the livestock in rough shape.

The owner of the horses did not want to talk to FOX 17. A neighbor allowed us onto their property to get a look at the horses.

Kent County officials say they are investigating the horses and their condition.

Carol Antor with H&H Rescue in Cedar Springs said she was shocked by the photos.

“I was crying when I saw the pictures, because there’s nothing I can do,” she said.

Neighbors were the original ones to share concerns in the post now shared more than two thousand times.

Antor says she worries by the time the investigation is complete, the horses won't have much time left. Specifically, the black mare.

“It’s not going to make it if something is not done quickly,” Carol said.

Antor says she and many others would be willing to take on the horses as a rescue.

“If you give it a lot of food, a lot of love, you’d be surprised,” she said.

To help H&H Rescue with costs of their rescue operations, click here. 

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13 comments

  • Wendy

    AC just needs to go in there and pull those horses. What’s to investigate? It’s pretty obvious that they’re starving well they sit on their hands and do nothing!

    • Kerri

      Thank you Julie for getting this out there! 2 of these horses are yearlings, stunted growth, bloated from worms and hooves are in bad shape! Are main concern is the black draft. He needs help now! AC and sheriff are on it but the wheels are slow moving!

  • djmichaelangelo

    the MONSTERS who own these animals should be starved, neglected, and left to die just like they’re doing to these innocent horses who can’t speak up for themselves, poor creatures :( name & shame please! why doesn’t the article publish the names of the deadbeat owners so we can rake ’em through the mud? let mob justice take over – somebody please rescue these horses, take matters into your own hands!

    • Keven

      After you. If you are so bothered i can show you the house. You can go knock on the door, cut the fence and be the get away driver. You also get to do the jail time for the rest of us. Go on and get started now big hero.

  • Lynn

    I currently have 2 horses and have had horses since I was 4. The only horse that looks extremely bad is the large black one. Yes, the others could use a good years worth of deworming and some grain, but I have seen worse. The large black one looks old and due to age probably has health issues. I at one time had a horse that was born at my parents house and I had her until she was 32 yrs. old. I finally had to have her put down. She had lost a lot of weight and no matter how much extra food or love I gave her wasn’t going to change anything. I’m am by no means condoning neglect or abuse of animals, but before a lynch mob is organized I feel all the facts need to be known.

    • Kim

      Thank you Lynn. I do know the black gelding is very old and I believe he has a health condition and is being seen by a vet. I noticed in the video that the paint doesn’t look overly thin and that the pastures were not void of grass. I have a 27 year old mare that doesn’t look like she gets as much food as she is getting. There have been many posts on Facebook recently from people saying that their horses are not holding weight this year because the hay quality is not what it should be due to the odd spring that we had. I too do not condone animal abuse in any way shape or form but I agree that the facts should be found out before people jump to conclusions

    • Donna Sarns

      The black draft was in fat and fine shape last spring, the owner has issues. Do not blame this on old age. Do not attempt to make excuses when you have no accurate information. This is abuse and neglect and this owner needs to go to jail.

      • Lynn

        So, please enlighten everyone with your accurate facts. I’m assuming you mean a year ago this past spring. A lot can happen with health issues in just a matter of months, just ask someone with cancer or some other horrible disease.

      • Lynn

        So enlighten us with your accurate facts. A lot can happen to one’s health in just a matter of a few months, just ask someone with cancer or some other horrible disease.

  • Lynn

    So, please enlighten everyone with your accurate facts. I’m assuming you mean a year ago this past spring. A lot can hapen with health issues in just a matter of months, just ask someone with cancer or some other horrible disease.

  • Susan DeLuca

    Please help these sweet animals. They are Gods creatures. The sadest thing I’ve ever seen. Take these horses away from owner. They are being severely abused. Please save them. Please.

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