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Dead And Suffering Horses, 80 Dogs, Found On Farm

Investigators in Virginia looking into the death of two horses say they uncovered a massive case of animal neglect this week.

It happened in the Isle of Wight County, which is just west of Norfolk and Newport News.

State and local veterinarians, the United States Equine Rescue League and Isle of Wight Sheriff's deputies removed malnourished horses from a farm owned by Jeff and Diana Hansford.

Lawmen say it was so bad, two horses were dead when they arrived, and two were euthanized. A total of 40 horses were on the farm.

Investigators say they also found 80 dogs on the property, but unlike the horses, they were in good health. Rescuers did remove 32 dogs.

A neighbor said of the farm owners: "They had good intentions at first to raise the horses and to raise the dogs, but I think everything just got too much, too fast for them."


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