Roanoke Horse Rescue takes in Giles Co. starving animals - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Roanoke Horse Rescue takes in Giles Co. starving animals

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, VA - Three horses, four pot-bellied pigs and three dogs. These animals now call the Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue 'home,' after the Giles County Sheriff's Office found them on a small farm in Pembroke.

Jeffery Spicer, the lead animal control officer, says the condition these horses were in surprised him.

"You could see their back bone, their hips were protruding, there was no grain at all in the field. They depended on other food sources that weren't present at the time," he says.

Patricia Muncy is the founder and president of the Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue. She says on the Henneke Scale of one to ten, these horses are rated at a two, which translates to starving. The pigs and dogs were in similar poor conditions.

"It doesn't take long," says Muncy. "If they're not being fed anything, the calories have to come from somewhere, and it comes from their body."

Now under her care, Muncy is feeding all of these animals as much as possible to help them gain weight. She says over the past several months, the rescue has been taking in more and more underweight and starving horses.

"We've already gotten two others this month and now we have three more. It's going to be a very busy winter season unfourtinately," says Muncy.

A busy season, expanding her expertise from horses and dogs, to include getting four special pigs healthy as well.

At this time, police say they're still investigating and charges are pending.

    An update from the RVHR on the animals and what they need:

"Once again RVHR is need of supplies for the new horses. But this time we are in need of pig food, dog food (soft and bagged), treats and bedding.

The potbellied pigs will be placed once their issues are resolved. The little black sow is pregnant and will be available to be placed once she has had her piglets and the babies are weaned, the older (white) sow has injuries over her entire body and will need to heal some first. The one male will need to be fixed prior to his placement (we will need funds to help with that), and there is a little brown and black sow that with a little food and care can start looking for a home. These little guys are very sweet but scared and two of them are very people friendly.

The 3 dogs are blue healer/mix 6 months old. The little female has found a home today with a volunteer here at RVHR. There are the two males Dexter and Ben (Ben has one blue eye). Since we do not have room for more dogs RVHR will take them to have them neutered once they are healthier (donations are needed for neutering if you would like to help), and then we will place them with a new family. We have already had their rabies vaccination during today's vet visit."

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