Four recently deceased and seven other dead horses also found on the property; One downed horse humanely euthanized Thursday

The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued 16 severely malnourished horses from a 16-acre property in northwestern Harrison County in northern Missouri on Thursday, Nov. 8.

The horses range in age from foals to 12 years old. The horses were in paddocks and pastures barren of all vegetation and have had no on-site veterinary care. When rescuers arrived on the property Thursday, they found a downed horse in critical condition that was humanely euthanized by a local veterinarian.

Contacted by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, a Humane Society of Missouri animal cruelty investigator visited the property early this week and found 11 deceased horses in various stages of decay and 16 others in serious jeopardy of starvation. Live horses were found in the same enclosure as dead ones.

The owner admitted she could no longer properly care for so many horses. She agreed to voluntarily surrender the 16 horses in the worst condition to the Humane Society of Missouri. The owner also has agreed to secure adequate food and proper veterinary care within the next week for three additional horses remaining on the property.

The rescued horses are being transported to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, for what will be a lengthy rehabilitation before they can be made available for adoption. Donations to help with the care of these horses may be made online at or by calling 314-951-1542.