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Working towards forever homes for neglected horses

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SNOW HILL, N.C. - Concerned citizens in Greene County continue their mission to rescue neglected horses. It’s a journey that started back in December when two horses died of starvation on a property on Burrell Field Road.  

Horse owner of 50 years, Suzy Schertzinger, was there that night as county officials discovered the starving horsing.

"In some cases it was hard to believe that they were still living. You could see every bone in their body. If left much longer there would have been a tremendous loss,” said Schertzinger.

Schertzinger says when she saw the shape the horses were in she was compelled to take action.

“It's a terrible situation. Someone has got to step in, someone has to help guide things along a little bit to help these horses along if they are going to make it," said Schertzinger.

After the horses were seized, county officials arranged for the remaining horses to be held on the vacant cow pasture of a Snow Hill man.

Schertzinger along with a two others kept checking on the seized horses, and even became a foster home for five of horses.

Unfortunately, not all of the horses were able to be saved. Four more horses have died from starvation complications or some other causes since the seizure.

On Tuesday, Schertzinger met with county officials to try and come up with a plan in case this type of abuse happens in the county again.

“What we are trying to do is find a way to set up protocol so that if we run into this in future we'll have a plan of action. We'll know the first thing that we should do, we'll know foster homes that are available, and at least get them out of their present situation," said Schertzinger.

The final three of the seized horses are still at the holding pasture until Schertzinger can arrange foster homes for them.

For information on how to become a foster home for a horse email Schertzinger at suzyschert@gmail.com

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