6 malnourished horses rescued in Parker, owner cited for animal cruelty

Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies and enforcement officers rescued six horses from land in Parker after receiving an anonymous complaint about abuse, officials announced on Wednesday.

When deputies went to the land off Piney Lake Road on Thursday, they saw several horses that were malnourished “and they documented that the animals’ rib cages and hip bones were protruding from their bodies,” sheriff officials said in a news release. “The barn floor had a large amount of feces and flies, there were stalls with standing urine, and many of the horses did not have access to food or water. One horse suffered from an open laceration on its neck that needed immediate medical attention.”

Six horses were seized the next day and they have been taken to a rehabilitation facility, officials said. The owner of the property has been issued a summons for misdemeanor animal cruelty.

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