GUILFORD TWP. — Medina County SPCA officers and volunteers rescued 26 horses and other animals suspected of being malnourished from a township property Thursday afternoon.
Amy Howe, SPCA spokeswoman, said 26 horses, two ponies, two donkeys and four cats were rescued from the home in the 3800 block of Blake Road. The cats also had feline leukemia, Howe said.
SPCA Executive Director Stephanie Moore said the organization had been watching the property owner for a few years.
According to the Medina County auditor’s website, the Blake Road property is about 6.8 acres and about two of those acres are taken up by the home.
“She’s got 30 horses on 5 acres of land, and I think it just got to be over her head,” Moore said of the property owner.
Moore said animal welfare groups usually recommend at least 1 to 2 acres of land per horse.
She said charges are pending against the owner.
Howe said the SPCA is concerned about how to feed and care for the rescued animals.
“We have such a need right now,” she said. “If there are any farmers that can give us hay, or people who want to donate, we can use the help.”
The SPCA is reaching out to people in the area to help care for and shelter the horses, ponies and donkeys, because the organization already is caring for 10 homeless horses and adding 30 more large animals will strain resources, Howe said.
“We go through a bag of feed and three hay bales a day right now,” she said.
She said many of the foster families help out by providing their own feed and hay.
“We have some really fabulous people helping us, but 30 is a big number,” she said. “And the medical bills are going to be in the thousands.”
To help, monetary donations can be mailed to the SPCA at 245 S. Medina St., Medina, OH 44256, or dropped off at the office. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Donations also can be made using Paypal at medinacountyspca.com.
Anyone who wants to donate feed, hay, horse blankets or other supplies, can call the SPCA at (330) 723-7722.
Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.