METHUEN, Mass. — Six weeks after their rescue from desperate conditions, the 19 miniature horses brought to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm have secured adoptive homes.
Three of the mini horses — Michelle, Misty and Angel — were brought to their new homes last week. The remaining 16 animals will be released once they receive a clean bill of health.
Michelle and Misty were transferred Thursday to the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals (MSSPA), New England’s largest equine rescue facility.
“Like all horse lovers throughout New England, we’ve been touched by the plight of these horses,” said MSSPA President Marilyn Goodreau. “We’re very excited that Michelle and Misty will be joining the 70-plus other horses at the society’s facilities, where they will be restored to their best possible health and potential.”
In all, 32 mini horses were rescued in early March from a small farm in West Boylston.
Their owner, a veterinarian, was overwhelmed by the number of animals and could not care for them properly. The horses were malnourished and suffering from various other ailments.
The horses in the poorest health were taken to an Animal Rescue League facility in Dedham, and 19 were brought to the MSPCA-Nevins Farm on Route 28 in Methuen.
The horses were treated for intestinal parasites, lice and skin infections. A farrier and equine dentist volunteered time to repair the horses’ damaged hooves and teeth.
MSPCA officials reported an overwhelming response from people looking to help the horses.
“The community response to the plight of these horses has been amazing,” said Melissa Ghareeb, who oversees barn operations at Nevins Farm. “Many, many people have donated much needed money, supplies and volunteer time to help us get the horses ready for new homes — and it’s especially rewarding to see that process now underway.”
The 16 mini horses remaining at Nevins Farm continue their treatment. They are gaining weight and MSPCA workers continues to socialize them to ensure they make good companions.
Angel has been adopted by MSPCA-Nevins Farm supporters Catherine Hackett and Edward Temple of Deerfield, N.H. Angel will serve as a companion for two of their senior horses, which were adopted previously from the MSPCA.
“I’ve watched these horses from the time they arrived at Nevins Farm, and their transformation has been miraculous to witness,” said Hackett. “Angel has evolved from a terribly sick and underweight horse to a healthy, vibrant animal who I know will make a wonderful companion to my other pets. I’m very excited to introduce her to her new friends.”
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