A horse found malnourished in Ramona. Courtesy of Department of Animal Services

Updated at 12:30 P.M., Saturday Jun. 25

Thirteen horses that were found malnourished in Ramona earlier this year are now available for adoption, officials announced Friday.

Officials from the Department of Animal Services said three of the horses were taken into custody on May 29, while 12 others were taken on June 2.

Two of the horses were so severely malnourished and had such extensive medical issues that they were euthanized to alleviate their suffering. The remaining thirteen horses have been under veterinary care and are now healthy enough to be adopted, officials said.

“All of these horses suffered from neglect and our staff has dedicated a lot of time, energy and hay to help the animals put on weight,” said Dawn Danielson, director of Animal Services.

Some of the horses still have hoof issues but with time and proper care, those conditions should resolve themselves, officials said.

The horses available for adoption include three Belgians, five thoroughbreds, four Quarter Horses and one Quarter Horse/Arab mix.

All the horses are at Animal Services’ facility in Bonita.

The adoption prices vary per horse and interested adopters were encouraged to visit the Bonita shelter to view the horses and obtain the adoption prices.

— City News Service

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