BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - Washington County deputies seized nearly a dozen horses from land south of Bartlesville after they were found starving.
Deputies say they found 10 horses in poor condition on a 10-acre property, which was covered in weeds and brush and had very little grass.
Authorities say the animals were in such poor condition, some would not have made it past the summer. Several even collapsed during transport, deputies say.
"The horses [were] very malnourished. You could see the ribs," said Washington County Capt. Gary Miller. "The ribcage showing, the backbone showing. They needed some serious medical attention and some feeding."
Deputies say the owner told them she had been feeding the horses, but say it certainly didn't show. Miller said the horses' conditions were the worst he's ever seen with the county.
Shortly after discovering their condition, all 10 horses were taken to be cared for at a local veterinarian, are being treated for minor cuts and inspected for diseases.
Deputies also say they seized five dogs, who were also in poor condition, from the property. They were taken to an animal welfare group.
No charges have been filed against the owner of the property, but deputies have indicated that charges could be coming.