Horse rescue organization under investigation - FOX 13 News

Horse rescue organization under investigation

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RIVERVIEW (FOX 13) -

An animal rescue group that cares for abused and malnourished horses is now accused of neglecting two of them.

The Hillsborough Sheriff's Office says it seized two horses from RVR Horse Rescue in Riverview.

The horses were donated to RVR back in January after investigators said they were neglected by their previous owner.

When Hillsborough Sheriff's detectives checked up on them last week, they say the horses appeared to be malnourished and grossly underweight.

So they seized the horses and took them to two vets who agreed they haven't been properly fed, the sheriff's office said in a media release.

RVR's attorney Robert Herce says the rescue followed its vets' recommendations regarding the feeding of the horses, and there's been no neglect.

Herce said they're appalled by the actions of the sheriff's office and they feel the seizure is unjustified and personal.

No charges have been filed; the sheriff's office will forward the results of its investigation to the state attorney's office.

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