The four surviving thoroughbred horses, along with a donkey and a miniature horse, taken from a Bethel farm Dec. 28 in an alleged animal cruelty case, are eating well, their energy is returning, and they are getting frisky, according to veterinarian Dr. Brenda Specht, who is overseeing the care of the animals.
Two horses removed from the Bethel farm had to be euthanized because of severe malnutrition. Chad Moore of Bethel has been charged with animal cruelty and animal abandonment in the case.
"While the animals are still considered at high risk, we are pleased with their progress," said Dr. Specht, who is checking the animals daily and updating instructions for a team of caretakers. "However, as most horse people can tell you, conditions can change without warning," she said.
Donations are needed to help defray the costs of housing the horses, nicknamed Angel, Plain Jane, Middle Blaze, and Studly, along with Don Quixote the donkey and Claude the miniature horse. The following is an updated list of items needed for their care: sturdy, 16 gallon feed tubs, grass hay, one-150 gallon trough, alfalfa hay, alfalfa cubes and pellets, beet pulp shreds, corn oil, 2 deicers for the water trough, bagged or bailed bedding, heated buckets, rubber stall mats, one-50 gallon trough.
All of the above items can be dropped off at the Clermont County Animal Shelter between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The shelter is located at 4025 Filager Road in Batavia.
The shelter can be reached at (513) 732-8854. Cash donations are accepted at Bethel Feed and Supply, located at 528 W. Plane Street in Bethel.