JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Eighteen horses in Ellisville were saved Thursday by a Delta horse rescue organization tipped off by the Humane Society.
The neglected horses were in poor shape as the result of overbreeding and starvation after the owner could not afford to take care of the them, said officials. Four of the horses were taken from the property Monday because the organization said they would have survived to the end of the week.
Rescuers say they plan to return for the remaining 22 horses still on the property.
"The problem that we are seeing across our state right now is just huge," said Stephanie Billingsly with Mississippi Horses "The problem is too many people are overbreeding and there is no market for horses right now."
The rescued horses will be put in adoptive and foster homes.
If you would like to know more about horse rescue organizations in Mississippi go to www.mississippihorses.org