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Starving horse rescued by humane society officers in Ontario

September 14, 2011 |  5:52 pm

Starving Horse

A starving horse that was about 300 pounds underweight was rescued by humane society officers who found it tied to a bush in Ontario, officials said Wednesday.

Officers from the Inland Valley Humane Society discovered the emaciated animal Tuesday after receiving a call from a passerby, Officer Beth Les said.

The horse, nicknamed "Mommas" by its rescuers, is a 20-year-old quarter horse mare that would normally weigh about 1,100 pounds. She was about 750 pounds.

The horse, Les said, was in the sun without any food or water in a field by Eucalyptus Avenue, apparently abandoned by its owner.

"This a cruelty case," she told The Times, adding that officers are trying to track down the owner so that charges can be filed. "We would certainly want felony charges in this case."

Mommas was alert and eating well but "was not out of the woods," Les said. "We're hoping that she's going to make a comeback."

Anyone with information can call  the humane society at (909) 623-9777. People wishing to donate funds to help care for the animal can visit the humane society website.

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Photo: The starving horse was abandoned in an Ontario field.

Credit: Inland Valley Humane Society

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