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TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N Y- Six horses are now in the care of the SPCA after being removed from a Newstead farm earlier this week.

Acting on an anonymous complaint, the agency was able to obtain a search warrant and visited the property Thursday. The farm was deemed unsafe after officers noticed holes in the barn roof, fencing in disrepair and at least two stalls filled with at least one foot of manure.

With help of a large animal veterinarian, the agency determined two of the horses are extremely thin, three are thin, and one is at a more acceptable weight. Some are in need of significant dental work. One of the animals suffers from a condition that if left untreated, could lead to paralysis.

The SPCA said they investigated a complaint about the same horses in March but found the animals in better condition at that time.

The six

were taken to the agency's educational farm located behind its Ensminger Rd. shelter and will undergo further medical exams and testing.

Charges are pending against the owner.

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