They had been suffering for so long — but last month, help came. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) searched the property with local police and was allowed to take in the nine most severely neglected animals to their farm animal sanctuary, Second Chance Ranch.
The other ponies remaining on the property are still under the care of the owner, but are being monitored by ARL and local law enforcement to ensure they’re getting the vet care and attention they went so long without. So far, he has complied with their care standards.
“They clearly did not get this way overnight,” Tom Colvin, CEO of ARL, said in a statement. “There is absolutely no excuse for what these ponies have gone through.”