Horses seized during an animal abuse investigation in Wimauma have been nursed back to health will be turned over to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches on Tuesday.
Five of the seized horses, in addition to a colt born since the case started, will be donated by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. The animals will be transported to the boys youth ranch in Live Oak and will be taken care of by youngsters in the equestrian program.
The sheriff’s office took custody of five horses on Jan. 17 during an animal cruelty investigation in Wimauma, according to a release. Charges in that case are pending.
The horses suffered from malnourishment and mistreatment and were grossly underweight, according to the sheriff’s office. Investigators filed the paperwork to take custody of the animals, but the owner relinquished the animals to the sheriff’s office.
The Agriculture Unit worked with veterinarians to care for the animals. On March 22 one of the mares gave birth to a colt who the deputies named JJ.