Humane Society: 11 horses dead, 16 rescued in north Missouri

Missouri Humane Society

BETHANY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Humane Society says it rescued 16 horses but 11 other horses were found dead on a property in Harrison County, Mo.

The organization said in a news release that the Harrison County Sheriff's office contacted them after visiting the property early this week and finding 11 horses dead and decaying.

The horses ranged from foals to 12 years old. The 16-acre property offered no vegetation for the horses. One horse had to be euthanized. The owner surrendered 16 horses to the Missouri Humane Society but kept three others after agreeing to provide them with adequate food and care. It was not immediately clear if she will be charged.

The rescued horses will likely require lengthy rehabilitation before being made available for adoption.