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Melanie is one of 11 horses taken in by the Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue Saturday.

Friday, May 24, 2013

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

The Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue in Hardy needs help with 11 more starving horses the rescue took in Saturday.

The owner released the animals to the rescue to prevent the horses from getting any worse, said RVHR Director Pat Muncy.

"Someone told him about our post on our webpage about asking for help before it takes a life," Muncy said, "so let's say he did what was needed to get the horses help."

The new herd includes four mares, one of which is carrying a foal, two geldings, two studs and three foals. All the adult horses are 150 to 200 pounds underweight, Muncy said, and the foals are about 75 pounds underweight.

The rescue needs monetary donations to help with vet bills, about $200 for each horse for shots and coggins, and the cost of gelding the two studs, about $250 each.

"If you like to donate towards our enormous ongoing vet care bills, you can call Penny or Sandy at Farm Vet Services at 540-483-7444," Muncy said.

The rescue, which now cares for 54 horses, also needs food for the animals, like Sentinel LS feed, Alfalfa cubes, beet pulp, weight builder and rice bran.

The horses require the special food to help them gain weight and hay at all times.

"Thank you for all your support of RVHR and the work we do to save these horses in need," Muncy said. "For those donors who help, we have set up barn cameras.  Once you have made a donation, we will send you an email with the log in information so you can see the horses whenever you like."

Muncy wants horse owners to know the rescue is available to help them.

"Ninety percent of these starvation cases can be avoided. Owners just need to call and ask for help," she said. "We are not here to send owners to jail, but to help them with their horses before animal control gets involved."

"Most times owners of a skinny horse just need some help with the horse, maybe with a new diet, teeth floating, de-worming, or the owner is just in need of some education or even financial support until they can get back on their feet," Muncy added. "There isn't many folks not hurting financially these days."

Anyone who owns a horse who needs help should call Muncy at 540-721-1910.

More photos of the horses at the rescue can be seen at www.rvhr.com and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Roanoke-Valley-Horse-Rescue/192016904184355?ref=hl. 

 
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