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All horses seized from equine rescue have been adopted

September 20, 2010

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- All of the horses seized earlier this month from an equine rescue in Berkeley County have been adopted, Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Capt. Scott Richmond said Monday.

Authorities took more than 50 horses and two young cows from Hidden Meadows Equine Rescue Inc. at 227 Edward Drive off Scrabble Road on Sept. 11.

Seven horses died and another had to be put down at the equine rescue in the days leading up to the seizure of the animals, which were found with little to eat and no water, police have said.

The malnourished condition of the horses prompted an outpouring from the community, who donated significant amounts of hay, grain, medication and supplies for the animals, Richmond said.

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Richmond said the donations were greatly appreciated.

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