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Horses Saved from Near Death

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 SIMPSONVILLE (KYTX) - Richard Fincher rushed down to Rusk County over the weekend to pick up these horses. His rescue outfit uses a health ranking system on a scale of 1 to 9. These horses all received worst possible score a one. 

"They were almost starved to death. The deputies that called us out asked to come down immediately" - Richard Fincher, Executive Director of Safe Haven Equine Rescue

These horses are on the slow track to recovery. Their ribs look like piano keys, hip bones stick out like tree stumps, and agonizing eye infections will require surgery.  

Fincher says he's even having a hard time caring for them. His rescue is overloaded with 16 horses  and 4 more potentially on their way. He says the inability to care for horses is on the rise in Texas.  

"Horses are a pleasure, but it's something that you have to maintain every month."

Fincher says each horse can take more than 6 months to recover, costing him up to $3,000. He says funds are dwindling.  

"If we have it, we're gonna take care of these horses the best way we can."

He has advice for horse owners. If you can't care for the animal, give it away to a rescue service or someone else who can. If not, law enforcement will soon be involved.  

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